Ship Street (central Brighton) post office is to be relocated to Churchill Square in a multi-million pound national contract with W.H. Smiths stationers. This creates the opportunity to redevelop the entire post office site and some of North St as well.
The site is identified as a possible site for redevelopment in the existing Local Plan (Policy SR9 July 2005). The Policy states that in the event of the Post Office relocating to another site in central Brighton planning permission will be granted for a mixed use scheme comprising Class A1 retail use on the whole of the ground floor with residential accommodation above, retaining the existing listed building.
However, there is also an opportunity to greatly enhance North Street by amalgamating the site with units fronting onto North Street e.g. the TK Maxx unit. A comprehensive redevelopment could introduce a much larger unit space. Working with the current owner (who also owns the old Hanningtons Building) this site could be made suitable for occupation by major retailers possibly with the potential for a new department store.
Although it is a listed building (Grade II) it is likely to be the only opportunity to bring forward a new department store outside of Churchill Square in the foreseeable future.
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