Fame school to train stars of the future in south Portslade

Brighton’s best-known fame academy has been granted planning permission to convert a former gym and theatre into a music school in south Portslade. BIMM (the British and Irish Modern Music Institute) said that it wanted to teach students on the ground floor of the building, known...

Toads Hole Valley latest – councillors back outline plan for 880 homes

Outline plans for hundreds of new homes on a greenfield site in Hove were approved by councillors at a meeting on Wednesday 25 May. They agreed to the broad principles of a scheme to build 880 homes in Toads Hole Valley, off King George VI Avenue, known locally as Snakey Hill....

Shopping parade’s final remaining store to close

A convenience store owner has applied to convert his ground floor premises into a one-bedroom flat. Margery Road Stores, in Old Shoreham Road, Hove, is the last business still operating in what was once a parade of shops, now all turned into housing. The business owner, Cesar...

Planners reject scheme to convert Portslade station offices into homes

Planning officials have refused permission to convert empty railway station offices into share homes. Freelance architect Jonida Murataj, 33, wanted to turn the old offices at Portslade Station into a pair of shared houses. But her plans for the grade II listed Victorian building...

Toads Hole Valley: this is not how communities are built

Back in March, a duplicate outline planning application for Toads Hole Valley, a green sliver of land beside King George VI Avenue, in Hove, went to the Planning Committee and was refused in line with the officer recommendation. The application for outline permission – to agree...
Posted On 23 May 2022 at 3:03 pm

Brighton bakery applies for drinks licence

A new business under the Food for Friends banner has applied for an alcohol licence in the Lanes. Maison Gouter is described as a “high-end bakery operation” in an application for a licence to serve drink submitted Brighton and Hove City Council. The venue, in Prince Albert...

Our lives are a living hell, say seafront hostel’s neighbours

Neighbours have complained that their lives are “a living hell” after a homeless charity started using a rundown seafront hotel as temporary housing without planning permission. They cite violence, thefts and sexual harassment since former rough sleepers, many with “compl...
Posted On 19 May 2022 at 5:45 am

Nandos set to open new Brighton restaurant

Nandos, Starbucks and a dessert bar have been lined up as tenants for a new development in Brighton’s London Road. The three eateries have been revealed in a planning application which seeks to amend the layout and usage for new student block Pavilion Point. The five-storey...
Posted On 17 May 2022 at 5:35 pm

Toads Hole Valley latest: Planners prepare to drop fight over Hove estate

Plans for a new housing estate in Hove have been given a boost after experts said that the effect of extra traffic on the road network would not be “severe”. Councillors are due to meet next week to decide whether the new information means that they no longer object to granting...
Posted On 17 May 2022 at 5:21 pm

Pub chain asks for 2am licence at former Topshop

A pub chain has applied for a 2am licence on the first floor of the former Topshop unit in Churchill Square. The Botanist, which already has branches around the UK, wants a licence to serve alcohol and food and for the performance of both live and recorded music until 2am from...
Posted On 17 May 2022 at 4:26 pm