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News - 5 November 2005
Preston barracks regeneration could kick start Lewes Road

London Road is in line for regeneration

A study to revive the fortunes of the London Road and Lewes Road area of Brighton will be considered by the Policy & Resources Committee on Wednesday, 9 November 2005. If approved work will begin this month to investigate ways to improve the area.

An Urban Capacity Study of London Road and Lewes Road has looked at buildings, housing, businesses, transport infrastructure, green spaces and the economy. Both London Road and Lewes Road are main arteries into and out of the city. They provide a first and lasting impression of Brighton that could benefit from major regeneration investment.

London Road shopping area was found to be showing signs of decline (boarded up shop fronts and extensive graffiti). There is also a high level of drug and alcohol related anti-social behaviour and traders are at their wits end. The recent announcement that the Co-op is to close its store there is considered by some to be the sounding of the death knell for London Road.

The study sets out the work needed to start regenerating the area. Funding of £50,000 has been secured from the city’s Area Investment Framework Board to explore ways of making improvements. These include:

  • A detailed transport study of the whole area, looking at reducing congestion, improving air quality and improving access;
  • Identifying opportunities for redevelopment, improving the street scene and traffic flow and redefining the character of the London Road shopping centre;
  • Investigating opportunities for the growth of mixed-use developments in the New England Street area, which would benefit the location between the Brighton Station development and London Road;
  • A commercial and housing development framework for Preston Road West area (opposite Preston Park).
  • A regeneration brief for the Lewes Road which will consider measures to deal with fast moving traffic around the Gyratory.

Councillor Sue John, deputy leader and chair or Brighton, Hove and Adur Area Investment Framework Board, said: “This study has given us some useful pointers to what needs to be done in the London Road and Lewes Road area.

The resulting guidance will help us regenerate this part of Brighton and create new jobs, affordable housing and improved infrastructure.

“We are keen to look at distinct neighbourhoods in detail such as London Road central to see how we can address particular issues and protect and retain local services. It will also be vital that people who live and work in these locations are involved from the earliest stage.”

Environment councillor Gill Mitchell welcomed the study and said “Reducing traffic and congestion are key challenges in the area and I am pleased that these will be further looked at throughout in support of the area’s future regeneration potential.”

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