Circus Street regeneration receives planning permission

Besi Besemar September 18, 2014

Plans for the regeneration of Circus Street have been given the green light.

Circus Street development

Brighton & Hove Planning Committee voted in favour of the scheme to develop the derelict municipal market in the city centre, a project developers claim will inject £200m into the economy and create 400 jobs.

Richard Upton, Chief Executive of Cathedral Group (Holdings) Ltd, said: “This is great news – our ambition is to transform the area into a vibrant new quarter of the city, bringing cultural, economic and educational benefits to a currently deprived area. Our goal is to make Circus Street the go-to place for Brighton’s creative individuals, innovative business start-ups, students and nearby residents.”

Circus Street development

Central to the Circus Street designs is a public square with small, independent restaurants and shops, larger than Jubilee Square. Opening onto it, a Dance Space is expected to attract 70,000 visitors per year. This state of the art space will be a new home for South East Dance, who currently co-programme dance at Brighton Dome and Festival as well as developing dance across the region and beyond. 

The development also includes plans for a new University of Brighton library and academic building with a publicly-accessible exhibition space; 142 new homes, including 28 affordable homes; 450 student bedrooms in quality and managed student halls of residence; and 38,000 sq ft of new office space plus workshops offering creative businesses start up accommodation and room to grow.

Construction will commence in late 2015 aiming to complete the full scheme in mid 2017.