Gasworks Planning Application – Preview
Here are a few images taken from the Berkeley Group’s planning application Ref. BH2021/04167
The planning application documents which – it is alleged – you can easily view on the Council website – are very badly and confusingly set out. It is a nightmare for the average person trying to get some idea from the information buried in the documentation, of the sheer scale and mass of this huge development proposal.
Here are a few images we have extracted to give you a flavour of just what a massive conglomeration of tall buildings is being proposed.
In our view it is a gross overdevelopment of the site.
It also comes with a Health Warning: these images are the ones the developer has selected to show his proposals in the best possible light using a variety of visual tricks to make the buildings appear smaller than they actually will in reality.
If you wish to object to this hugely inappropriate development you can lodge your objections right up to the date of the planning hearing. For information on how to object go to: https://t.co/nXZccRGDQs
There are a total of 553 flats:
36 Studio flats (one room)
162 1-bedroom flats
306 2-bedroom flats,
36 3-bedroom flats
10 Town Houses
160 car spaces
632 bicycle spaces
There is also about 2,700 sq.m of commercial space. To put that in context, that’s about the area of 22 houses
There is NO commitment to affordable housing in the planning application. If there are going to be discussions about any affordable housing at all, it will be the subject of the usual fudge culminating in the argument that none will be viable. We’ve been there before.
De-contamination procedures are excluded from this planning application. Berkeley want to get planning approval for this development before they make any detailed proposals for how they will remediate the contaminated ground below the site, which they want to be approved as a condition afterwards. This would drastically reduce the control the Council would be able to exercise over these vitally important de-contamination issues. Some residents in Southall Middlesex suffered severe health issues after the Berkeley Group’s Gasworks development there. They still do.
You can’t take any shortcuts or risks with decontamination. Decontamination proposals must be considered as an integral part of the planning approval process and be fully transparent – not decided behind closed doors afterwards.
Grade 1 Listed Lewes Crescent and Sussex Square are 100m to the west.
Not one of Berkeley’s images show the relationship of this massive building complex so close to Brighton’s finest Regency Terraces and Crescents.