Amid continuing controversy surrounding a number of planning applications, the government quango English Partnerships has told Brighton it needs a policy on tall buildings
The Endeavour Garage (Preston Park) and the Medina House (Hove seafront) proposals for tall buildings have spurred the local authority into devising a policy on the citing and construction of skyscrapers and tall buildings.
This could have an effect on proposals for a number of high profile development sites including the two listed above and Black Rock. The government is urging planning departments to take serious consideration for the need to build at higher densities to accommodate the demand for housing (particularly affordable housing) and it is difficult to see how this will be possible in Brighton & Hove unless we build upwards.
In the meantime architects Marks Barfield are proposing radical solutions to similar problems in London with proposals for 200 metre skyhouse towers containing 500 flats (35% of which would be affordable with prices starting at just £75,000) on 50 floors. The skyhouse concept can supply 250 homes per hectare and 65% open land compared with just 120 homes and 38% green space for conventional four storey houses. With solar panels and wind generators the architects claim they could also provide environmental advantages.
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