An application to demolish Brighton’s Astoria cinema is set to be approved tomorrow.
Brighton and Hove City Council will consider the application tomorrow, and officers have recommended they grant it.
The 1030s Art Deco cinema was first turned into a bingo club in the mid-seventies and operated as such until 1997. In 1998, permission was granted to turn it into a horror-themed nightclub, but it never opened as a drinks licence was refused.
Brighton’s percussive dance group Stomp bought it in 2001, but then sold it on to Mike Holland for £2.2million in 2007. He attempted to sell it in 2008, but in 2012 he successfully applied to demolish it, despite it having being listed in 2001.
His original plans for its replacement were an office block of two storeys at the front rising to six storeys at the rear, with a cafe and community rooms on the ground floor.
His latest plans put an extra storey on the top and six flats on the fifth floor. Officers have also recommended that councillors be minded to grant this, subject to conditions.