The Anston House (including the adjacent vacant site) is now owned by First Base, an established developer, and the Hyde Group which has a track record of providing housing in Brighton. They plan to demolish Anston House and replace it with blocks of flats.
THE BRIGHTON SOCIETY and THE PRESTON & PATCHAM SOCIETY do not believe that the new buildings should be any taller than Anston House, and should not overshadow the Rotunda or the Rose Garden in Preston Park. They will however be built much nearer the pavement than Anston House which could make a difference to the overshadowing.
CONRAN & PARTNERS have been appointed the lead designer. The last time we saw the plans there were 3 tall buildings which looked as if they had beeen dropped in a haphazard way onto the site. Our chairman is suggesting that it would provide a better townscape if the development was high density but low rise. This method could still include just as many flats and more usable green areas on the site.
FLETCHER PRIEST ARCHITECTS have been appointed to lead a masterplan study of the Preston Park area. They seemed to think that all the buildings in the area are terra cotta, but many of them are rendered white. This mixture is good.
They should also respect the houses in Dyke Road Drive whose basements at the front become their ground floors at the back. The new scheme needs to respect this and be well set back allowing space between the two, avoiding overshadowing of the Dyke Road Drive houses. They should also avoid noise being transmitted from the new flats to the Dyke Road Drive houses.
An initial public consultation event was held on 16 July 2015. If you would like more information about this development ring: 0800 148 8911
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THE ANSTON HOUSE SCHEME FOR TWIN TOWERS WAS REFUSED PERMISSION AT THE MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE ON 24 APRIL 2013.