More high-rise flats planned for busy Hove street

Posted On 08 Jun 2020 at 1:52 pm

A developer plans to build 94 flats in a busy street in Hove after dropping a scheme to put up a hotel and homes on the site.

An artist’s impression of the previous RKO Developments scheme in Cromwell Road in Hove

RKO Developments has submitted a planning application to Brighton and Hove City Council for its latest proposal.

The 94 flats would be in two blocks up to seven storeys high on the corner of Cromwell Road and Palmeira Avenue.

Four traditional houses would be demolished as well as the old CBabies nursery which was destroyed by an arsonist in a petrol bomb attack in November 2017.

RKO, run by Claire Leak, also plans to include 47 parking spaces in a basement car park at the site.

Previously, RKO planned to build an 80-bed hotel and 80 flats there but the scheme faced considerable opposition from people living and working in the area.

The developer said that there were already several tall buildings in the area, including Cromwell Court and Hovedene, both nine storeys high.

And the council recently approved a nine-storey block of flats at the other end of the cricket ground.

The previous plans prompted Goldsmid ward councillor Jackie O’Quinn to urge neighbours to put their objections in writing to the council.

Councillor O’Quinn was concerned about the effect of new blocks of flats on the local doctors’ surgery and schools as well as the added strain on the number 7 bus.

A community group, Hove Gold, has been campaigning against the growing number of tall buildings in the area.

Hove Gold has opposed applications for blocks of flats along Davigdor Road and in Lyon Close, Hove, but they were approved last year.

The organisation hopes that a formal area forum could influence council planning policies, with a formal neighbourhood plan which could help shape future schemes.

To see the latest plans and to comment, visit the council’s website at and search for BH2020/01403.

  1. Alison Dean Reply

    I thought that the ‘derelict Cabbie’s nursery’ has been rebuilt?

    • Rostrum Reply

      It has.. Looks ready to be used..

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