While the loss of the 18th C Timpsons premises in North Street was a blow to the city’s heritage, the new Lane is of refreshingly higher quality and sensitivity than feared with the exception of one small brutalist modern unit which lets it down. Puget’s Cottage in particular is a triumph in its restoration, albeit not open yet
With high business rates and expensive parking. units have been slow to fill. Which calls into question the wisdom of the other proposed project to extend the Churchill shopping centre down to the seafront. Yes, the Brighton Centre is hideous and in need of replacement but with retail trends the way they are, it would make more sense to replace it with a prettier conference centre, preferably more sympathetic to Brighton’s Regency past, and prevent the inevitable vacuum of the shopping areas surrounding Churchill if the centre were to be expanded.