An elegant but tall nine-story development in a prominent site on Hove seafront looks set to be given the green light by the city’s planning committee next week despite a wave of objections.
Rocco Homes and the Co-Op have applied to build on the site of the former Texaco garage on Kingsway, next to the King Alfred, which closed in 2015 shortly after being hit by a lorry.
Their plans also include the site of the locally listed ALibi pub, but this is being retained and turned into a cafe with flats above, with a four to nine storey block next to it.
In a report before Brighton and Hove City Council’s planning committee next Wednesday, officers have recommended it be approved, subject to conditions including a long-term monitoring and maintenance plan for contamination.
The council has received 68 objections due to a range of concerns, many relating to the scale of the building and its impact on the surrounding area. One objector said it would create a wind tunnel effect and another said the openness of the seafront would be badly affected.
One objection said the flats would not be affordable for local people, and would instead by bought by Londoners and overseas investors.
However, both the Hove Civic Society and Regency Society support the application, with the former saying it will rejuvenate the area, and the latter supporting the retention of the Alibi. Both praise the way the building is stepped up to minimise the impact of its height.
The council’s conservation advisory group (CAG) were split in their opinions, with some members saying it was elegant, and others saying it was simply too tall.