Old Hove coach house to make way for mews home

One of the last original coach houses in a Hove mews is to be demolished to make way for a house.

Planning permission had already been granted for a previous proposal to replace the historic building in Holland Mews, Hove, with a house.

Now plans have been approved to knock down the old garage and build a two-bedroom house with dormer windows in the roof.

Research by the Brighton and Hove City Council Heritage Team found that a mews building existed on the site in 1866.

It was linked to 29 Landsdowne Place, a grade II listed house.

However, the front of the current building dates from the 1920s or ’30s and is not listed, the council’s Planning Committee was told.

The original buildings in Landsdowne Place were listed in 1951. By this time the garage was classed as a separate building and not included in the listing.

The Brighton and Hove Conservation Advisory Group (CAG) joint chairman Roger Amerena described it as a historic building that should be saved.

He told the council’s Planning Committee last Wednesday (7 November): “This is extremely unfortunate as this is actually how the mews looked in the 1830s.

“They haven’t attempted to address the present structure and turn it to a modern dwelling.

“The angled Georgian roof is typical of the period. The main building is original.

“CAG have felt it is very unfortunate that this is going to be demolished as it represents the last coach house in that street.”

Conservative councillor Lynda Hyde sympathised with Mr Amerena but said that she could not vote against the plans.

She said: “I agree with what you said, Roger, but unfortunately it already has permission for demolition.”

When the previous application went through in 2016, the CAG did not object.

Councillors voted unanimously to approve the new application.

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