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The Regency Society is the oldest amenity and conservation society in Brighton and Hove and a registered charity.

We were founded in 1945 to oppose the proposed demolition of the Regency terraces and squares of the Brighton and Hove seafront. Today, we work with other societies and the council to protect all that is best in our city – of any era – and promote excellence in new development.

If it affects the physical environment, we're involved – from consultation on key planning matters to a range of educational initiatives designed to inform and inspire everyone who cares about the quality of life in this exceptional city.

The story of Hove Public Library
New At Hove Public Library is the subject of controversy and heated debate at present as the Council considers whether to move it to the Hove Museum site. We don't support this and have suggested an alternative  (Read more). Trustee David Robson has been delving into its history (Read more) 

Secret Garden Party 2016
New We're back in Kemp Town's Secret Garden at lunchtime on 25 June and hoping for another perfect
English summer day. To whet your appetite, here's what happened last year. Read more...

Annual General Meeting 2016
New At this year's AGM on 6 April, Richard Carroll was elected honorary secretary, with Helen Walker and Jamie Wright re-elected as trustees. They are joined by Robert Edwards and Mary McKean. It was followed by David Fisher's fascinating lecture, Framing Brighton – film as a record of the city. For a special offer on his book, Cinema-by-Sea, go to Lectures and events. Read more...

Taken a shine to the i360?
New It's certainly imposing but it's not, so far, quite what was expected. The publicity images for the i360 show a shining pole, glinting in the sun. The current reality is rather more dull on most days. So we asked the architect why. Here's what he has to say. Read more...

New homes in Rottingdean
The old St Aubyns school playing fields is the site where Lindon Homes has proposed developing into 10 new private houses and a 62 bed care home. We believe that were this to go ahead, it would be a huge missed opportunity to help solve the city's housing needs. Read more...

Regeneration of London Road
The rebuilt Open Market, reused Co-op department store and heavy investment in The Level all point to the regeneration of the London Road area. Here, we trace its history, new developments and potential future upgrades. Read more...

Upgrade for Dome and Corn Exchange
The first planning application in the planned £35 million upgrade of the Pavilion Estate has been lodged. Read more...

Lack of vision for Valley Gardens?
The council is making a bid for £8 million to improve Valley Gardens. While we welcome plans to better the area and make it more accessible, we think that the proposals are an opportunity missed. Read more...

Why Queen Victoria sold the Pavilion
The arrival of the railway in Brighton in 1841 not only dramatically changed the seaside resort but also contributed to Queen Victoria’s negative feelings about the place, leading to her eventual sale of the Pavilion estate to the town in 1850.  Alexandra Loske traces how Victoria’s attitude to Brighton was shaped. Read more...

Sussex University expansion plans
Massive expansion plans at Falmer involve demolishing more than 16,500 square metres of buildings to make way for almost 60,000 square metres of new academic buildings, including a new science building. Around 1,500 existing student bedrooms could also be torn down and replaced with more than 4,000 bedrooms. Read more...

Draft conservation strategy for the city
With thousands of listed buildings and 34 conservation areas, Brighton and Hove has more to preserve than most cities, as its new draft conservation strategy acknowledges. It's a good start – but we think it could be better. Read more...

How dense is too dense?
Build up, build out – Brighton's need for new housing must have rational answers, writes David Robson. Read more...

How we make decisions
We're an opinionated lot, as anyone who follows our views on planning, listing and the development of our city knows. But how do we decide what opinions to share and where do our ideas come from? Read more...

Disappointing brief for Edward Street Quarter
Why demolish Amex House when it can meet the office needs of the new Edward Street Quarter? Why include retail units when nearby St James' Street and the George Street area need the trade? Why not take a maore radical approach to greening Edward Street? These are among our comments on the planning brief for the area. Read more...


Free National Trust and English Heritage day passes
Thanks to our friends at Civic Voice, every Regency Society member can get a free day pass for the National Trust and another for English Heritage properties. Read more...

 


 

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