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News - 10 March 2016
The derelict Sackville site

Sackville Tower application withdrawn [but it will return]

Plans for a 17-storey tower on the site of the old Sackville Hotel on the A259 close to Hove lagoon have been withdrawn by the Hyde Group.

The company said that the application for the 98 home scheme had been withdrawn to make amendments with a revised scheme which will be submitted after discussions with local residents and other stakeholders.

A Hyde Group spokesman said: "The need to build new homes and regenerate parts of Brighton and Hove is common ground between Hyde, local residents and other community stakeholders.

"In the coming weeks, Hyde will be preparing and submitting amended plans for the site, which has been a derelict eyesore for far too long”.

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Hyde Groups proposals were controversial because of the almost pathological resistance from some people to tall buildings. Despite being one of the very few authorities in the UK to have a Tall Buildings Strategy, few if any tall buildings have been built in the 13 years since it was published.

Such was the furore over the Hyde proposal that people who lived nowhere near the development site objected to it.

The council was in something of a cleft stick if it had been considering rejecting the application, which was due to be considered at the end of the month, on the grounds of height because the King Alfred site, a few hundred metres down the road, also relies on even taller towers to make the development viable. The cost of the £48m sports complex demands optimising housing on a site which is too small for low level development.

In a city that is tens of thousands of homes short of meeting demand over the next 20 years the fundamental disagreement between residents [most of whom already have a home] and developers [who want to build more] is likely to run and run. The council sits in the middle.


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