The political (urban) fringe

New The draft City Plan is still not approved – and it may never be, unless councillors agree a way of meeting the government inspector's request for additional housing in the urban fringe. We joined forces with Hove Civic Society and the Brighton Society to stress the urgency of resolving this issue to the leaders of the political parties. Read more...

What next for the West Pier?

New 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

New The first planning application in the planned £35 million upgrade of the Pavilion Estate has been lodged. Read more...

Buildings still at risk

New 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 building 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…
 

The best hope for the Hippodrome

The Regency Society has given its support to plans to convert the Brighton Hippodrome into a cinema and restauarant complex – but the decision has not been clear or easy. 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...

Farewell to the Astoria

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...

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...

Modest replacement for Queen Square ice rink

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...

Market pressure in Circus Street

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

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 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

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...
 

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...


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...


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