The Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership has come out in favour of the demolition of 15 North Street to make way for a new entrance to the Lanes and a far greater heritage prize.
Permission has already been granted for opening up a new lane in a redundant service yard behind the old Hanningtons building aptly called Hannington Lane. At the time the developer also wanted to open up a new entrance to the Lanes by the demolition of 15 North Street but opponents rushed through a spot listing of the building and the plan was dropped from the original application.
Now architects Morgan Carn have revisited the plan and applied for demolition of the building currently trading as Timpsons. Planning officers are duty bound to recommend refusal but the Planning Committee just might see the value of demolition which offers a range of greater benefits.
The reasons for listing 15 North Street seem to revolve around the fact that it is old [1770s] and still has the original window openings on the first floor. Inside it still has one of the original staircases, some cupboards and a cast iron fireplace. In addition 60 years after it was built a yard with brick paving was added at the rear.
So why should this building now be demolished? Because immediately behind it, and completely locked in by surrounding buildings, is the much more interesting Puget’s Cottage which is a very rare example of a late 17th century building modified in the early 18th century. It is this modification that captures the transition of Brighton from an ancient village to a fashionable seaside town.
In addition the curved outside wall of this gem hidden completely from view is a rare example of a building built on edge of the local strip field system of furlongs and paul-pieces separated by pathways which made up 'laines'. The rather ordinary 15 North Street building compares poorly to Puget’s Cottage. Opening up a new entrance to The Lanes would expose Puget’s Cottage so it can be seen properly by the passing public.
The addition of an entrance at this location in North Street would also enhance the permeability of the Lanes particularly from people travelling north to south from the North Laine. This would ensure that the world famous Lanes continue to be a thriving commercial area and not just a museum piece for those tourists who can actually find a way into them.
The Partnership urges the Planning Committee to be bold and visionary when considering this application.
Click here to download Response to 15 North St planning application
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