Outer Harbour Development Company Partnership LLP have submitted a planning application to Brighton & Hove City Council for 1,000 new high quality, private and affordable, homes in a scheme which improves connectivity with Brighton and Hove and enhances Brighton Marina as a whole.
The plans include eight buildings of between eight and 19 storeys high alongside a 28 storey tower, designed to serve as a beacon within the marina and the wider city. The height of the tower has been reduced significantly from 40-storeys in the previous planning consent, which was granted in 2006.
The plans have been developed by renowned architects Squire and Partners. They incorporate feedback gained from extensive consultation with the local community, resident and conservation groups, the city council, Brighton Marina Neighbourhood Forum and other key stakeholders.
Full planning permission is being sought for the first phase of 480 homes, with outline permission being sought for the final phase of up to 520 homes.
The new homes include a mix of one, two and three bedrooms and are designed for individuals, couples and families living and working in Brighton. In addition the proposals include the provision of affordable shared ownership homes. All of these new homes will make a significant contribution to meeting the need for new housing in Brighton & Hove, where demand from all income levels has consistently outstripped supply.
The plans include new landscaped public spaces and pedestrian walkways and a variety of private and publicly accessible gardens, designed to suit the marine environment. In addition flexible retail and business space is proposed throughout the development.
Tim Gledstone, Partner of Squire & Partners said “Our designs take inspiration from the bold and optimistic Regency architecture of Brighton & Hove characterised by green squares and crescents, and its endurance over time to cope with extreme elements and diversification of people and lifestyle. Alongside high quality new homes we have created attractive spaces for the public and marina residents, providing access to the waterfront around the site for people to enjoy views of the sea, the city and the marina waterfront against the backdrop of the cliffs. The newly created marina environment offers an opportunity for a world class contemporary coastal landscape and a new way to enjoy Brighton.”
Katie Sullivan, Manging Director of Brighton Marina Group Ltd said “We have given careful thought and consideration to the issues affecting the wider marina, and we will continue to do so throughout the stages of planning. Our vision is to create housing and public spaces which set a benchmark for the future development of Brighton Marina in terms of architecture, way finding, efficiency and sustainability. Alongside the new homes, we intend to deliver the amenities and infrastructure necessary to make a genuine and balanced community flourish.”
In September 2020 an appeal was lodged by the developers on the basis of non-determination by Brighton & Hove City Council of the application submitted in May 2019. The appeal was heard at a virtual Public Inquiry during March & April 2021. The Planning Inspector has written his report outlining his findings and recommendations, which has been submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick MP. It is anticipated that the Secretary of State’s report outlining his decision will be published in the Autumn of 2021. Further updates will be provided at this time.
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