Brighton & Hove City Council has served an enforcement notice on developers involved with the Brighton Station site for failing to build a children’s play area, as required as part of planning permission.
The notice was served on award-winning developer McAleer & Rushe Group, and landowners Albion Inns and Cookstown Developments after they continued to ignore council requests to provide the play area on a section of Block K within the New England Quarter.
Planning enforcement officers have given six months for the children’s play area to be completed, as agreed under condition 4 of planning permission BH2005/05142 and signed off in December 2007.
Councillor Lynda Hyde , chairman of Brighton & Hove’s planning committee, said: “Since the Jury’s Inn development, this part of Block K has become an eyesore. It has been made worse by the developer’s and the owners’ reluctance to install a children’s play area as the planning permission requires. This is despite the best efforts of council officers.
“ Following several reassurances that the children’s play area would be constructed the council has been left with no alternative but to issue a planning enforcement notice. Residents there are entitled to this facility and are looking forward to their children being able to use the play area. This action will also greatly improve the appearance of a prominent location next to the train station.”
The play area was part of the original development brief for the Brighton Station site in order to provide an important element of community infrastructure and on-site recreational provision for residents of the New England Quarter.
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