Japanese-restaurant Moshimo has submitted new plans for a major £4 million expansion at their existing Brighton premises in Bartholomew Square in the form of new concrete box in the sky according to the Brighton Argus.
Extraordinary as this seems (how many restaurants, after all, have a spare £4m to spend on an extension, and how do they intend to recoup this investment?), this is worrying on two counts:
A: It is completely inappropriate in style and scale for Brighton and will be obtrusive and visible from many vantage points.
B: If approved it would set a disastrous precedent for other brutalist planning applications to get the green light (and increasing numbers seem to be joining the planning application pipeline).
We urge all heritage lovers who feel as we do to oppose this planning application here
We concede that Bartholomew Square is not the prettiest and has already been largely ruined, but this addition will not help and will infringe on the rest of the city.
Nor can this project be regarded as ‘progress’ as it is simply harking back to the 1960s love affair with concrete and box shapes.
Brighton is predominantly a ‘Regency’ city in style. New developments should respect this and be sensitive and appropriate.
We allow our civic character and identity (not to mention USP) to be destroyed at our peril.