Jim Gowans, WHCA’s rep on the Conservation Advisory Group, assesses local developments…
31-33 BATH STREET (PROPOSED 5NO HOUSES AND 3NO LIVE-WORK UNITS)
The developers have asked for the condition which prevents demolition during the bird nesting season to be relaxed so that demolition can take place up to the 15 April. It is disappointing that since permission was granted last October more than four months have elapsed. You surely cannot blame the planning system for delaying the building of these eight homes. Does it take that long to knock down a two storey building?
26A WEST HILL ROAD (PICKETT GARAGE SITE)
Nesting birds are no doubt looking carefully at this site. The increase in the number of small birds in the neighbourhood is partly due to the nesting sites amongst the ivy which now covers much of this abandoned vehicle workshop. The owners of the land have made repeated attempts to obtain planning permission for two three bedroom houses on a site which those living nearby say is too small and awkwardly shaped for such development and which should, in any case, be protected as a site for local employment. This being particularly important since the Bath Street site (above) is no longer available with a yard for unloading etc.
LOCAL LIST OF HERITAGE ASSETS
Brighton and Hove City Council is conducting a review of this list of local buildings, monuments and other sites such as parks. Such buildings etc. may not be of sufficient national importance to warrant their inclusion in the Statutory List of Historic Buildings or the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens but they may nevertheless be valued for their contribution to the character of the local area or for their local historical associations. A possible candidate for nomination in the West Hill Conservation Area is the Providence Chapel in West Hill Road. Dating from 1894 the building is remarkably intact; its red brick and stone dressings being, it seems, in very good condition. I am doing more research on the building to see if it should be included in the nominations.