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Medina House: new plans to demolish have surfaced

25.7.16…..Quite some months ago now, when Medina House was bought by Polly Samson, wife of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, it was said that the couple wanted to turn Medina House into a dwelling for themselves, to eventually live in.  They have other homes in other places and their home in Medina Terrace is mostly for term time use (neighbours believe).
And so we waited and hoped for something nice to happen to Medina House.  They did a good job on the Listed Medina Terrace house and on restoring Ida Verner’s old painting studio, making it into a music studio, so hopes were high. Some years back, it was said that Polly thought it should be turned into a spa.  We liked that idea, did many of us.
Hopes are now dashed.
Plans designed by Pilbrow & Partners,  based in London, are being shown around for a newbuild L-shaped house and courtyard garden on the site, with Medina House  a style reference only.  Demolished.  The newbuild is white brick and higher than Medina House.   The plans will be shown to the Conservation Advisory Group’s Tuesday meeting next week. The Brighton Society’s  Jeremy Mustoe has already seen them and felt disappointed.  Like many of us, he sees disappearing local history and not a development to be welcomed although the firm have done good work in London that he is aware of.
The planning application will not be far behind.
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Brighton & Hove City Council Conservation Strategy

15.6.2016…..A Conservation Strategy first agreed in 2003 was given an overhaul and reviewed in the wake of the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework change to the planning system.  The reviewed Conservation Strategy was agreed at Economic Development and Culture on 15th January, 2015.
The Agenda introduction paper can be accessed HERE
The actual updated 26 page Conservation Strategy can be accessed HERE
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Brighton & Hove City Council Licensing Policies and guidance for the vexed!

15.6.2016…..Licensing covers a number of different things, from events to the control of opening hours and the sale of alcohol.
Licensing issues flare up from time to time in this night-time economy environment, both for beleaguered residents and for those operating outlets selling alcohol; and for this area of licensing in particular knowledge of how licensing is dealt with can be helpful.  The council website contains the revised policy which was agreed on 24th March 2016.  Click here to access it.
There is a CIZ (Cumulative Impact Zone) which was established by the last (Green) Administration which aimed at protecting a delineated area of Brighton & Hove from being totally swamped and drowned in alcoholic excess which you can read about in the policy document.  You can read about Tens (exceptions to usual hours of operation) which recently caused considerable distress in the area around The Old Market.  Know your and their rights!
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The Hove Library Report to Policy & Resources is now online with the “business case” for selling it

8 June 2016…..Here is the Business case for selling Hove Library, building a 250 sq metre extension on the back of Hove Museum and then combining both the Museum function and just 40% of the current Carnegie service in the resulting building.  The report was uploaded to the council website Tuesday evening this week.  It SHOULD have gone online Thursday last week.
Tomorrow, Thursday, 9th of June, sees this business case presented to the Policy, Resources & Growth Committee – to be held this time in the Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton at 4pm.  Anyone caring about what the Administration is again trying to do should attend.  At Full Council, Warren Morgan sneered his contempt at the empty public gallery which proved to him there is no REAL public concern about selling off the Carnegie Library close to Church Rd Tesco .
Here is the main Agenda item 7 Report for the Policy &  Resources meeting:
A few comments (and photos) on this can be viewed on the Twitter feed for Wednesday, 8th June.
Hove Museum is a bit of a dump inside you know.
Apart from the photo/film permanent display, it offers little else.  Forlorn.  And because the number of visitors is so small, the current operators of the tea-room in the China Gallery will be closing (regardless of the political decision about the Library) – possibly this summer.  It is already a glorified community space with a photo/film gallery squashed into one upstairs floor of small rooms.  It is clear all Sally McMahon aspires to is more of the same, plus books.  And turning the green space at the front into a playground for children (in the richest part of Hove where most have nice gardens of their own).  It really JUST DOES NOT WORK as a space.
The arithmetic may or may not be any more credible than it was a few weeks ago.  But it is plain that selling the Brooker Hall site would get the council a mountain of money.  Redeveloping it – even more.  And maybe the photographic heritage of the area could be bigged up to its proper level in a much bigger building on this site.
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Planning chat about Seafront Development

Brighton Society, KAWHRA, saveHOVE, Hove Seafront RA representatives

Brighton Society, KAWHRA, saveHOVE, Hove Seafront RA representatives

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