Remembrance Sunday – 10th November 2019

old steine

This year Brighton and Hove Heritage Commission will be laying wreaths at both events this Sunday,10th November, as follows:
Old Steyne War Memorial
Arrive 10.30am for 11.00am
Ald. Francis Tonks, BHHC President
Roger Amerena, BHHC Heritage Commissioner and Chairman
Hove War Memorial, Grand Avenue
Arrive 2.00pm for 2.10pm Laura King, BHHC Hon. Sec.
Everyone welcome to these commemorations.


Worrying Developments – Two Hove Seafront Planning Applications

houses to be demolished Kingsway

Western Esplanade – 239-243 Kingsway, Hove, BN3 4HE – planning application


We object to the demolition of three 1930s family homes to facilitate the erection of an 8-storey block of flats comprising 37 units on the grounds that it is overdevelopment of an area directly overlooking the historic areas of Hove Lawns and Hove Lagoon seafront and injurious to the street scene and nature of the Western Esplanade, which was never intended for high-rise development. The proposed block is also of unsympathetic brutalist appearance and scale and will be overbearing for many neighbours who stand to lose light and privacy.

Please click on link under above address to submit your own comments to Brighton and Hove City Council Planning application for this development.


King's House King's House new development


King’s House, Grand Avenue,  Hove, BN3 2LS –  planning application


While we welcome the conversion of King’s Road council offices into residential accommodation and the restoration of original features to the original building, we object to the erection of two modern residential blocks behind King’s House on the grounds of overdevelopment and spoiling of the street scene. We cannot yet comment on the materials used (not revealed), but the new build appears much darker and less symmetrical than the surrounding buildings and too tall, spoiling the sightline of Grand Avenue and intruding above the towers of the original Grade II listed King’s House. The Second Avenue rear extensions to the corner property (a good example of Victorian Italianate style) also impact negatively on Second Avenue, the rooflines and the vista to the seafront, as yet almost unspoiled. The whole development is visually unbalanced on both Grand Avenue and Second Avenue, overpowering and diminishing the visual statement of the lower areas of King’s House. The design needs to be completely revisited, ideally to be subservient or complementary to the original Grade II listed building and not overpower its neighbours. Even the 1980s council extension to the rear of King’s House was more appropriate and sensitive than what is proposed, though the new builds can remain detached from the original King’s House.

Please click on link under above address to submit your own comments to Brighton and Hove City Council Planning application for this development.

Fit for Kingsway or should it get the Sackville?

10/03/16 Update: The plans for Sackville Tower have currently been withdrawn following local protest.

Sackville hotel

Above is the charming 1907 Sackville Hotel, of 189 Kingsway, once known as ‘The Grand’ of Hove.

Unfortunately having fallen on harder times, it suffered partial collapse in 2006 after some internal walls had ‘accidentally’ been removed. Rather than being repaired, the council allowed it to be demolished on ‘Health and Safety’ grounds.

There is currently an empty ‘site’ where this hotel once stood.

A planning application for a 17-storey erection called Sackville Tower. has recently been lodged.  Below are romanticised artist’s impressions of what Sackville Tower might look like while still white and in exceptionally nice weather.

Not surprisingly its architectural insensitivity and overbearing scale  with little regard for neighbour privacy has caused local outrage. Contemporary architects Yelo said they would re-visit the design, then somewhat arrogantly re-submitted a virtually identical planning application shortly after. Details about how many ‘affordable’ units will be available among the 107 are also sketchy.

To comment or object here is the link to the planning application. Please make your views known.

Certainly allowing Hove’s tallest building to go through sets a dangerous planning precedent for the future, particularly in such a prominent seafront position.

For more details saveHOVE have produced an interesting report here.

Like or comment on No to Sackville Tower Facebook page here


Sackville tower


Sackville tower 2