Campaigners push for Brighton Hippodrome to be listed as a community asset in bid to halt development
The push to prevent the Brighton Hippodrome being turned into a cinema shows no sign of abating, with campaigners now urging Brighton and Hove City Council to declare it an asset of community value.
This would halt the Kuig Property Investments’ plans to transform it into an eight-screen cinema, cafes, restaurants and shops for six months to let the Our Brighton Hippodrome (OBH) group come up with an alternative scheme – although there is no obligation for Kuig to sell it.
Both Saltdean Lido and the Rose Hill Tavern have previously been designated ACVs.
A spokesman for OBH said: “Many present and former residents have vivid and happy memories of attending shows at the Hippodrome—memories that are treasured to this day.”
The Hippodrome was originally an ice skating rink, but then become a theatre from 1901 to 1965, then a bingo hall until 2007.
Its owners Academy Music Group attempted to keep it going as a live music venue, but failed, and are now set to sell it to Kuig Property Investments.
However, in February the Ambassador Theatre Group have since said they believe they could successfully run it as a theatre alongside their existing Brighton business, the Theatre Royal.
The council now has until 3 September to make a decision. To become an ACV, the land must have contributed to community wellbeing in ‘the recent past’, a term that is not defined in the Localism Act 2011.
OBH says they think it would be “churlish to dismiss 110 years of community value on the basis of the past seven years”.
A spokesman for the council said: “We have received a nomination for the Hippodrome to be listed as an asset of community value and are considering it at present.”