Tony Mernagh from the Economic Partnership chaired the Chamber’s second Construction Voice event at Sussex Cricket Ground on Tuesday evening.
Speakers included Martin Perry who masterminded the new community stadium at Falmer and Tom Shaw from Hyde Housing – the registered social landlord that has three hundred homes under construction in the city.
Tony Mernagh also interviewed Karen McCormick the Cathedral Group Project Director responsible for the new Circus Street development.
The thrust of the evening was that the planning process can sometimes be more of an obstacle that it needs to be and there is a clear need for consistency of information from planning departments.
Karen McCormick gave a spirited defence of the Circus Street scheme when audience member Selma Montford from the Brighton Society suggested that the density of the new development was akin to the slums of the 1930s. In a city with so little land and a significant shortfall on supply meeting demand over the next 20 years, maximum densities are the new normal.
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