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News - 27 August 2005
King Alfred hangs in Green balance
The Council’s Policy & Resources committee will decide on 12th September whether, as owners of the site, they will refer the Karis/ING proposals to the planning committee. Seven councillors are expected vote in favour, seven against and the fate of the multi million pound development rests with Green party councillor – Keith Taylor.
The £220m Frank Gehry designed development would deliver 300 affordable homes and a £48m state-of-the-art sports centre to the people of the city. It is anticipated that it would attract 600,000 visitors a year and could offer tremendous regeneration opportunities to Hove.
Councillor Taylor has declared that he is still undecided about which way he will vote. He has expressed concerns in the past about the scale of the development and the ability of the infrastructure to cope with the number of homes proposed for the site (750 in total) but he has also recognised the tremendous contribution that it will make to the future of the city.
If he abstains the decision will fall to the Chairman – Cllr. Ken Bodfish - to decide and the proposals will be referred to the planning committee. If he votes no the redevelopment of the King Alfred site could be shelved for the foreseeable future.
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