i360 funds are now in place – but that's not the end of the story

New This month, Brighton & Hove City Council voted to borrow £36 million from a government fund to ensure that the i360 can be built – but that is far from the end of the story, argues Roger Hinton. Read more...

Sussex University expansion plans

New 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...

Farewell to the Astoria

New Once it was the largest cinema-cum-theatre in the south east. Today, the Astoria on Gloucester Place, Brighton, awaits demolition and the site will be reinvented as offices, flats, a café-restaurant and community space in a £8 million scheme. Read more...

The return of the annual dinner

New Our annual dinner returned on 1 February at St Nicholas Church –  a wonderful venue for a great evening. Read more...

Draft conservation strategy for the city

New 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...

Modest replacement for Queen Square ice rink

New It’s an eyesore in a square that is little more than a taxi rank, so the Regency Society has welcomed a new planning application to demolish the old ice rink in Queen Square and neighbouring 11 Queen Square, replacing them with a modest building containing 31 flats and office space. Read more...

Preserve this cultural asset for future generations

New The problem of finding an appropriate use for landmark historic buildings vexes this city more than most – and proposals aired in October to insert eight cinema screens and significant restaurant space into the Brighton Hippodrome are no exception. Our primary concern is that this important cultural and architectural asset is saved and that a decaying area at the heart of the old town is given a new lease of life. Read more...

Market pressure in Circus Street

New Over-development, noise, overlooking and a lack of light are among the reasons that we have objected to proposals for the site of the old market in Circus Street. Read more...

The White Lodge on the Cliff

New 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

New The Keep is a shining white buildingthat  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...

Look out for heritage in danger

New The kiosk on the seafront to the south of the King’s Road junction with West Street is part of Brighton and Hove's history as a tourist resort. It also needs some TLC, so we’ve contacted the council to see what they can do. IT's not the only building we've expressed concern about. Read more...

Sustainability, conservation and City College

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...

Are we ripe for World Heritage status?

In the Times, Marcus Binney recently urged that the urban legacy of Brighton and Hove was so rich that it should be designated, like Bath, as a world heritage site. But, Sue Berry asks, was Binney overstating his case? 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...


£15 million scheme for Lanes

The first new lane for more than 30 years is at the heart of a £15 million scheme that would reshape the heart of the Old Town and involve demolishing the Timpsoon's shoe repair shop on North Street and the 1960s portal building to Brighton Square, as well as remodelling the square's existing facades. Read more...


Chapel Royal restaurant plan rejected

An application to turn the vaults beneath the Chapel Royal in North Street into a restaurant/café has been turned down but the applicant is appealiing. Read more...
 

Making (local) lists

The Regency Society has submitted details of 25 buildings which we believe should be added to the local list. Many of them were built after 1900 – more than 97 per cent of buildings listed by English Heritage predate this. Read more...
 

Boxed in by broadband proposals

The Society has objected to a government proposal to allow telecommunications provider to install cabinets and poles without permission anywhere except in sites of special scientific interest. Read more...


Buildings at risk 2013

Additions to Brighton & Hove City Council’s Buildings at risk register include St Paul’s Church in West Street, St Augustine’s in Stanford Avenue, the former post office in Ship Street and the former fly stables in Stone Street. Read more...


Secrets of a former burial ground

Today, the Queen's Road burial ground is a public garden, leading to the rear of the Brighthelm Centre. Few of us realise that it is the site of one of the oldest cemeteries in Brighton and Hove. Read more...


A Castle that fell to a king

New Sue Berry traces the history of vanished Brighton landmark the Ship Inn. Read more...


Ideas to improve our seafront

Greater investment in maintenance, better transport links, more toilets and showers and an extension of café culture beyond the stretch between the piers – these are just a few overarching suggestions from the Society to Brighton & Hove  City Council in response to their draft seafront strategy. Read more...

Making waves with architecture

A revised proposal for the Port ZED development at the Aldrington Basin end of Shoreham harbour has won the support of the Regency Society, on the grounds of its innovative design, green credentials and the pressing need for new homes. Read more...

No planning permission required

The Society has responded fully to a consultation on proposals to extend permitted development rights, supporting the exemption of conservation areas. Read more...

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