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Jim Gowans’ West Hill Watch, Feb 19

50 Years Since Our City’s First Conservation Areas

Whilst the West Hill Conservation Area was not designated until 1977, the areas of Brunswick Town and Cliftonville in Hove were designated by the then Hove Borough Council in 1969. Today, there are 34 conservation areas in the City of Brighton & Hove whose special character and appearance are considered worthy of preservation and, indeed, enhancement. Continue reading Jim Gowans’ West Hill Watch, Feb 19

Jim Gowans’ West Hill Watch, Dec 18

Buckingham Road

The major development site at the corner of Buckingham Road and Upper Gloucester Road which was featured in this column some months ago still stands half demolished with no work having been carried out on site for some time. The City Council was ‘minded to grant’ permission for 34 flats to be created on the site between 76 to 80 Buckingham Road. Continue reading Jim Gowans’ West Hill Watch, Dec 18

Jim Gowans’ West Hill Watch, Oct 18

Fingers burnt in Surrey Street

The developer who has replaced all the timber sash windows to the front of 43 Surrey Street with plastic (see June/July issue of The Whistler ) has learned a very expensive lesson. He failed to apply for planning permission in the first instance, but then when Council officers caught up with him, his retrospective application was refused as the loss of timber sash windows was considered unacceptable in a Conservation Area. Continue reading Jim Gowans’ West Hill Watch, Oct 18

West Hill Watch, June 18

Surrey Street

Whilst the loss of a retail unit at No.23 might be regretted in a location so near to Brighton station, the proposal to convert this redundant shop to a studio flat is to be welcomed because it would greatly improve the appearance of this part of the West Hill conservation area. According to the Council’s West Hill character statement, Surrey Street was laid out (as a thoroughfare) between 1836 and 1841. The two storey houses on each side of the street are unlisted but probably date from the 1840s, and with their bow fronts and roofs hidden behind parapets and accentuated by moulded cornices, they give the terraces a strong architectural character. Continue reading West Hill Watch, June 18

West Hill’s ‘Character Statement’

Most residents of the West Hill will know that they live in a conservation area but may not be aware of the ‘Character Statement’ that the Council adopted for it in 2005. The purpose of the 9 page document is to describe the history and character of the area and to provide a context for policies contained in the City’s Development Plan. The City’s latest Development Plan (Part 1) has been revised and adopted this year, whilst Part 2 (more policy detail) is being discussed now, with a view to adoption in 2019. Continue reading West Hill’s ‘Character Statement’