The Karis/ING, Frank Gehry designed scheme for this important seafront location in Hove gained planning consent by one vote at yesterday’s planning committee.
The votes were equally split with six councillors voting against (5 Conservative and one Green) and six voting in favour (5 Labour and one Lib Dem) and the application was carried on the casting vote of committee Chair Leslie Hamilton (Labour).
Over the past 40 years the site has been dogged by failed schemes, four of which received planning consent that was never carried through. The £290m Karis/ING scheme for 751 homes (276 affordable) has been subject to four years of consultation and three Policy and Resources committee necessary to gain landlord’s consent.
It remains to be seen whether the Government Office of the South East (GOSE) will call in the permission for consideration by the Secretary of State or whether opponents of the scheme will seek a judicial review of the planning process.
Barring such difficulties the new £48m sports centre designed by HOK Sport should be ready for 2009.The rest of the scheme will be built in phases over the following three years.
The Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership supported the planning application and spoke in its favour at the planning committee.
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