Elected Members successfully overturned a planning officer's recommendation to refuse consent to demolish the Grade II Listed, 15 North Street (currently Timpson's), at Brighton & Hove City Council Planning Committee, on Wednesday 22nd April 2015; with 330 letters of support vs 5 letters of objection.
The consented proposals are to create a new lane, to be known as Puget's Lane, from North Street into the Old Town, connecting to the consented Hanningtons Lane and a soon to be regenerated, Brighton Square. Following a spot listing of Puget's Cottage and 15 North Street by English Heritage in late 2013, the original Masterplan was re-submitted excluding this link lane. Finally, after a groundswell of pressure from local businesses and residents Morgan Carn Partnership architects were able to submit plans on behalf of the landlord, RBS Global Restructuring Group, to include this pivotal part of the scheme.
Haydon Consulting assisted Morgan Carn Partnership in addressing a political strategy and engaging with key stakeholders, civil servants, political leaderships, elected members and the local and regional press.
The link lane will not only provide enhanced permeability into the Old Town of Brighton; it will also unlock and reveals Puget's Cottage, a Grade II Listed building built in late 17th Century, which pre-dates Brighton as a seaside resort. Puget's Cottage is one of Brighton's oldest and rarest buildings and has been landlocked from public view for over 140 years. The proposals outlined that, in accordance with Paragraph 133 of the National Planning Policy Framework, the substantial public benefits of unlocking Puget's Cottage outweigh the loss of 15 North Street.
With this scheme now consented, the public can enjoy unfettered interaction with this hidden gem of a building, for the first time in generations.