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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.

Regeneration of London Road
New 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...

Perfect summer in the Secret Garden
New Back in our old venue at Kemp Town's Secret Garden, we were blessed with a perfect sunny day, delicious food and wine, visits from Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas and deputy mayor Pete West – and a lawnful of happy guests. The Secret Garden is a hidden gem that belonged to the Society's founder, Antony Dale, and is now held by a charitable trust. Read more...

What next for the West Pier?
What was once the entrance to the West Pier is now a busy building site – and the West Pier Trust is thinking about possible uses for the foreshore and seabed not to be occupied by the i360. We've replied to their suggestions with some questions of our own. 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...

Buildings still at risk
After our AGM in April, we highlighted the plight of six intersting and important buildings at risk in the city. We promised to follow up – and here's a progress report. Read more...

Another quality project for Brighton College
The latest of Brighton College’s ambitious and imaginative new buildings will be a five storey academic building fronting Sutherland Road – but the 1923 swimming pool and 1871 Music School building will be demolished to make way for it. 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...

Tracing Constable's Brighton home
John Constable’s Brighton paintings are known and admired around the world. What remained a mystery was where he stayed while creating them – until writer and Regency Society member Shan Lancaster worked with current resident, artist Peter Harrap, to disentangle the clues. Read more...

The White Lodge on the Cliff
With an illustrious past as the home of Victoria Sackville-West and elements design by Lutyens, we believe this building and survivng parts of its gardens deserve to be included in the local list. Read more...

Keep in touch with local history
The Keep is a shining white building that is a stronghold of knowledge and memories in our city, a beacon that illuminates the past but which also shines towards the future. Read more...

Sustainability, conservation and City College plans
The need to preserve significant buildings comes together with a concern for sustainability in the Society’s response to the major, hybrid planning application covering the buildings of City College and its car park. 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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Back in the Secret Garden

New With a return to our tradional venure and a new lunchtime
slot, our annual garden party made the most of a perfect
English summer day. Read more...







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