Anston House, Brighton’s long-neglected housing estate, has finally been granted planning permission!

Posted: 15/12/16

As 2016 draws to a close, we have just welcomed a major planning approval for Anston House in Brighton. The site has remained derelict for 30 years along the Preston Road, with many developers having tried and failed to secure planning.

The project has sought to create an exemplar building on the gateway into Brighton in the setting of the beautiful civic park.
A joint venture between clients First Base and Hyde, the plans submitted to the Council in July 2016, will deliver 229 new homes together with new employment space creating 283 new jobs. The building has been designed to respond to its setting adjacent to Preston Park, home to 63 acres of open space.
A masterplanning study was carried out to ensure the proposal would sit within potential future improvements of sites along the park and set coherent massing and landscaping principles.
Unused for three decades, many local residents have called for the site to be redeveloped and put into good use. 77% of the public wanted to see Anston House demolished and replaced with a more suitable development.

The development of new homes and jobs on the Anston House site is supported by the City’s business community, including the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Partnership, City Regeneration Unit and the University of Sussex.

The scheme will be one of the ‘greenest’ ever built in Brighton, exceeding sustainability requirements by almost 50%.

High quality materials have been selected to ensure the proposal respects the adjacent conservation area with bespoke terracotta tiles wrapping the tower elements to reflect the local Victorian heritage.
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