Brighton & Hove City Council planning committee overwhelmingly supported an application for radical development plans for My Hotel in Jubilee Street despite officers’ recommendation to refuse.
Permission was granted for extensions and alterations to the existing hotel building to provide 14 new bedrooms, enlargement of one of the ground floor commercial units, conversion of the basement car park into multi-purpose music venue, and the construction of a penthouse flat.
The conversion of the basement will entail the loss of 19 car parking spaces but the creation of the live music venue will provide a facility with a capacity that is in short supply in the city. The redevelopment will require the demotion of two small mews properties to the east of the building but the family sized penthouse will make up for the loss.
The plans also include making more of a statement of the entrance to the hotel which, being unobtrusive and set back from the pavement, is often missed by visitors and guests.
Although the planners welcomed the loss of parking spaces and the music venue in principle, citing policies QD1, QD2, QD4, QD14 and HE6 of the Local Plan, they were opposed to the loss of the mews cottages, which form part of a fairly traditional street, and the extra storey on top of the hotel. They also felt that the extension would significantly alter the clean vertical and horizontal lines of the hotel's southern elevation and have a negative impact on the street scene and the surrounding North Laine conservation area.
The committee voted 7 to 4 in favour of the planning applicaiton
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