New beginnings for Edward Street area

Besi Besemar April 21, 2013

WEB.600Brighton & Hove City Council are asking residents and businesses to give their views on proposals to transform the area around Edward Street in Brighton which backs onto the ‘Gay Village’ and includes one of the city’s largest employers American Express.

The construction of the new American Express building and demolition of the old offices has provided the council with an opportunity to look at how the whole area could be regenerated. As a result, the Council has produced a draft planning brief for the Edward Street Quarter which includes land north of Edward Street bounded by William Street to the west and White Street to the east. The area also includes land to the west of John Street and Dorset Gardens Peace Park (to the south of Edward Street.)

The planning brief aims to guide future redevelopment for the area that combines business and residential use along with supporting retail and  community space. Officers have also looked at how transport and travel links could be improved.

Consultation started on Monday, April 15 and next week there will be drop-in public exhibitions on:

•           Monday, April 22, 2pm to 8pm, Brighton Deaf Centre, Carlton Hill, Brighton BN2 0GW
•           Tuesday,  April 23, 2pm to 8pm, Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Dorset Gardens, Brighton, BN2 1RL

You can see the planning brief at Hove Town Hall, from April 25 to May 3.

To contribute online CLICK HERE:  

Send your views by post to Planning Strategy & Projects, Room 407-410, Hove Town Hall, Hove BN3 3ZZ.

Or by email to .

Cllr Geoffrey Bowden
Cllr Geoffrey Bowden

WEB.600Councillor Geoffrey Bowden, chair of the Economic Development and Culture Committee, said:

“The area around Edward Street is a key site for the city and the planning brief will help make sure it is put to the best use for future generations. The council would like to see a high quality, mixed use development with office, residential, retail and community space.

“We’ll be looking at contributions from residents, local organisations and businesses when drawing up the final document, so I would encourage people to take part and help shape what goes into the area.”

The planning brief outlines provision for 15,000-20,000 square metres of office space, 65 residential units, shops, restaurants, and community facilities.

It emphasises the importance of high quality design and good pedestrian and transport links to bus and rail, along with improved pedestrian and cycle access. It also highlights the opportunity to provide landscaping and planting and to improve the open space at Dorset Gardens Peace Park and linkages to Tarner Park.

Closing date for comment is May, 27 2013.

Brighton & Hove’s Economic Development and Culture Committee will consider the final version in September.