NLCA comments on planning applications affecting North Laine

Photo:Map of North Laine by Barry Leigh

Map of North Laine by Barry Leigh

October and November 2008

By Sandy Crowhurst and Barry Leigh, NLCA Planning & Environment Coordinators

These are the main planning applications affecting North Laine which were published in October and the early part of November 2008, together with NLCA comments as agreed at the community meetings:

18 Sydney St (BH2008/02744): Single storey rear extension and internal alteration to shop. NLCA: This is for a rear extension which will not be visible from any part of the North Laine. No comment.

81 Gloucester Rd (BH/200802657): Replacement of UPVC windows with new timber sash window. NLCA: This is welcomed providing that the detail of the windows is acceptable. The Conservation Officer will be looking at this. No comment.

'Evolution', 42 Bond St (BH2008/02547): Two internal illuminated fascia signs. NLCA: As far as we are aware, this type of illuminated sign is considered acceptable by the Council. No comment.

Flat 11, The Old School House, 35 Frederick Place (BH2008/02757): Side extension to penthouse flat incorporating extension to terraced area. NLCA: This is only slightly visible through the entrance of the car park off Gloucester Rd and is not felt to impinge on the conservation area. No comment.

1 Regent St (BH2008/02612): Existing building (1 & 2 Regent St) to be demolished. Erection of new 4-storey building to include retail space on ground floor, with 5 flats above. Owned by Brighton & Hove City Council.  NLCA: We have previously objected to this application proposed by the Council's Architect. Object (again) to loss of present building and density, height and style of proposed new building.

'MyHotel', 17 Jubilee St (BH2008/02248): 3 x internally illuminated fascia signs and 1 non-illuminated hanging sign. Retrospective. NLCA: No comment.

30 Queen's Gardens (BH/2008/03456): Addition of conservation style roof light to front roof slope. NLCA: Object in principle.

Block K Brighton Station Redevelopment (BH/2008/01148 & 01279): Proposed office development.  NLCA: Previous outline permission granted. This application is for a slightly higher design. No comment on the grounds that unfortunately nearly every building on this site is higher than originally planned.

[Adjoining Conservation area] City College, Pelham St (BH/2008/02376): Application for outline planning permission for redevelopment of the site for mixed use scheme including demolition of Pelham Tower and associated buildings on the east side of Pelham St, Phase 1 and Phase 2.  NLCA welcomes the proposal, especially the demolition of Pelham Tower, and agreed to support the college redevelopment. However it was agreed that the Phase 1 building (on the car park) is too dense and too high. We will request that the outline permission restricts height and bulk similar to the existing of the Cheapside and Trafalgar Buildings.  Concern was expressed that there is no guarantee, as yet, that funding will be available to complete Phase 2.

Recent decisions of Council's Planning Committee

1 Regent St: (BH/2008/02612): see above. Refused.

'MyHotel', 17 Jubilee St (BH/2008/02283): Extension of ground floor restaurant, new mid floor terrace seating with glass balustrade and change of use for pair of adjoining mews houses to a hotel. Refused.

24 Gardner Street (BH2008/00873): Change of use from AI Retail to A3 Restaurant/Bistro and A5 Hot Food Take-away. Retrospective. Approved.

Appeal decision

100 Church Street/corner of Gardner Street (APP/Q1445/A/08/207883A): Replace existing timber windows with UPVC sliding sash with aluminium frames. Dismissed on the grounds that the development would fail to preserve or enhance the character of the North Laine Conservation Area and nearby listed buildings.

[Previously published in the 'North Laine Runner', No 195, November to December 2008]

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