10/03/16 Update: The plans for Sackville Tower have currently been withdrawn following local protest.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