Developers of the New England Quarter at the old Station Goodsyard site in Brighton have unveiled plans for a 42 storey tower
The £95m tower was not envisaged as part of the original masterplan but its appearance now undoubtedly reflects a growing acceptance that the city’s horizontal expansion is limited by geography. A planning application is expected to be registered before the end of the year.
The proposed tower, which so far is not part of any formal planning application, would be over 400 feet high and incorporate a four star Radisson hotel with 200 rooms and conference facilities. Above this there will be 160 homes, about 35% of which would be affordable housing and a high level café/restaurant with views over the entire city.
Despite being in one of the areas designated as suitable for tall buildings under the city’s SPG22 (Tall Buildings Strategy) it is likely to be highly controversial with conservation groups because it will dwarf the nearby St Bartholomew’s Church (The Arc) and cast a giant shadow over much of the surrounding area. It will also be visible from a distance of up to 20 miles.
The Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership will be responding to the planning application when it is submitted
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