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News - 26 July 2015
The new Lanes entrance from North Street

New entrance to Lanes given the green light by Secretary of State.

Work on a new entrance to Brighton’s historic Lanes can now begin after the scheme was given the green light by the Secretary of State.

In April this year, councillors on Brighton and Hove City Council’s planning committee approved an application to create a new shopping lane named Hanningtons Lane, in the service yard of the former department store.

The application, part of the regeneration of Brighton Square, will require the demolition of a Grade II listed shop currently occupied by Timpson’s.

The proposal was overwhelmingly supported by the general public and local businesses, with hundreds of letters of support submitted to the council. It was also backed by three local conservation societies.

Following the Planning Committee’s decision to approve the application, all three of the City’s Members of Parliament made representations to the Secretary of State urging him not to delay progress on the scheme. The Secretary of State has now gone back and given it the green light.

John McLean, Director at local architects Morgan Carn Partnership who have led on design of the scheme, said: “This is great news for our city and the project can finally get underway. Our councillors and MPs listened to the ground swell of support from local residents and businesses and recognised the substantial public benefits that will come from the creation of the high quality new entrance that our world famous Lanes deserve.”

“The project will provide improved links between the Royal Pavilion Estate and the sea front and the opening up and restoration of the listed Puget’s Cottage behind Timpson’s, which has been land locked and hidden from public view for over 140 year.

Ed Allison-Wright, acting for owners of Brighton Square, Centurion Group said, “This is a win for local democracy and testament to what ‘Localism’ is all about. These proposals had a staggering 98.5% support from the public, in addition to approval from our own Elected Members. Collectively, we can now look forward to the new owners, Redevco, unlocking one of the most interesting, historical gems of our city to the public, tourists and businesses alike. This link lane will significantly enhance permeability from North Street into Brighton’s world famous Lanes; improving the environment for long term economic growth”.

Work on the project is due to begin in early 2016

Anyone looking for more information on the scheme should contact the Morgan Carn Partnership in Brighton

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