Would your property have survived the demolition proposals of the 1970s?

Photo:Top: North Road just west of Upper Gardner Street. Middle: The raised road as it would have appeared at this point. Bottom: The raised road as it would have appeared from Trafalgar Street.

Top: North Road just west of Upper Gardner Street. Middle: The raised road as it would have appeared at this point. Bottom: The raised road as it would have appeared from Trafalgar Street.

Photo:The route of the raised road from Blackman Street to Church Street.

The route of the raised road from Blackman Street to Church Street.

Photo:The area most immediately affected by the raised road of the Wilson Plan

The area most immediately affected by the raised road of the Wilson Plan

Maps and images from the Wilson-Womersley Plan

By Peter Crowhurst

Brighton's Commemmorative Plaques Committee is currently planning a plaque to commemorate the contribution of Ken Fines to North Laine. Ken was Brighton's Planning Officer when the Wilson plan, which would have demolished large parts of North Laine, was rejected. Ken was then instrumental in persuading the Council to designate North Laine a Conservation Area and in naming the area 'North Laine'.

The Wilson Plan envisaged an overhead road going through the North Laine from Preston Circus to the bottom of Church Street, in a plan to bring as much traffic as possible into the town. Some streets would have gone completely whilst many others would have had a view of a motorway just yards from their front windows.

On this page there are images from the Wilson Plan which was eventually rejected by the Council in 1973.

This page was added on 21/09/2014.

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