The four month public inquiry into the rejection of the planning application by Explore Living for the £300m redevelopment of the inner harbour at Brighton Marina cost £420,000 to defend and may prove ultimately fruitless.
The sum paid by Explore Living – an arm of Laing O’Rourke - is unknown but is likely to be more than that paid by the city council. The council spent a sum of £260,000 on legal advice and a further £129,500 on consultancy. The rest was spent on hiring venues, printing, catering and hospitality.
The Planning Inspector dismissed all of the reasons for refusal but recommended that the Section 106 agreement should be tightened up to include not just the developer but also the tenants of the proposed new development [see earlier story].
Since all of the reasons for refusal have already been dealt with by the Inspector it seems almost certain that Explore Living will submit an almost identical application which it would be very difficult for local authority to refuse again.
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