Plans for Hove flats opposed by neighbours

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Flats planned for a conservation area face opposition from neighbours.

A van hire site in Holland Road, Hove, is the proposed location for a four-storey block of nine two-bedroom flats with ground floor office space by Perth Group Holdings.

The block would be between the locally listed Hove Hebrew Congregation synagogue and grade II listed Palmeira Yard, in the Brunswick Town Conservation Area.

A previous application for a four-storey block of nine flats was rejected on appeal in 2017 as it “would substantially and harmfully diminish the perception and attractiveness of Palmeira Yard”.

The application by developer Perth Group Holdings describes the new scheme as seeking to address the planning inspector’s concerns.

In its design and heritage statement the company said: “The proposed development will be replacing the existing office building with a high-quality, contemporary design, which is designed to be sensitive to the historic surroundings of the listed buildings and Brunswick Town Conservation Area.

“As a result, the proposed development would have a positive impact on the setting of adjacent listed buildings at Holland Road as well as this part of the Brunswick Town Conservation Area.”

There are currently 36 objections on Brighton and Hove City Council’s website, with many citing concerns about the impact on the listed buildings in the area.

One objection, with details redacted on the council website, said: “The proposed development is completely unsympathetic to the street scape and the surrounding heritage buildings and out of scale.

“I do not object to new building per se but they must fit in to a conservation/heritage area by being built in the same style.

“They should look like they have been there since the beginning of the neighbourhood.”

Another objector said: “It is inappropriate to build a four-storey building on the site clashing and degrading the heritage of the adjacent buildings.

“The excessive height will lead adjoining residents to suffer overshadowing, overlooking and loss of privacy since the proposed building will back directly onto the gardens of Lansdowne Street and overlook the rear of Palmeira Yard.”

The application and comments can be seen by searching for BH2019/01805 on the council’s website at planningapps.brighton-hove.gov.uk/online-applications/.