An historic meeting of the city council’s P&R committee earlier today voted 9 to 6 in favour of recommending that the plans for the £220m King Alfred development go forward to a planning application which is expected to be submitted tomorrow.
Six Conservative councillors voted against the proposal and a coalition of 6 Labour, 2 Greens and one Liberal Democrat voted in favour.
This is widely anticipated to be the turning point in Brighton’s new era of development the like of which has not been seen in recent times. As owners of the site the Council had the authority to reject the outline proposals, which would almost certainly have signalled the end of Frank Gehry’s interest in the seafront site. As one of the world’s greatest living architects he would undoubtedly have turned his attentions to other locations where the passage of his vision into reality would have been welcomed with open arms.
It is a testament to the skill of those lobbying behind the scenes that the decision of the P&R committee was overwhelmingly positive.
The Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership will be making a full response to the formal planning application once it is submitted.
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