Preston Park area Greens welcome "ugliest site" public consultation
26 April 2012
Brighton and Hove's three Green Party councillors for Preston Park ward in central Brighton have welcomed a public exhibition of new plans for a site once dubbed the "ugliest in Sussex".
Anston House and the land adjacent at 137-147 Preston Road have lain derelict for over 20 years.
There was outcry in June 2007 when the previous landowner illegally felled protected trees on the site.
Green Councillor Amy Kennedy (pictured on the site near some trees that the previous developers illegally cut down) led the campaign for the council to take action against the rogue landlord, and submitted a petition signed by almost 600 residents which resulted in the successful prosecution of Bridgetown Properties in September 2008.
This ground-breaking action was the first time Brighton & Hove City Council had pursued a criminal case under a Tree Preservation Order, and the offenders were handed down fines totalling tens of thousands of pounds.
Amy worked with the new landowners over the past 12 months, welcoming the appointment of renowned designers and regeneration specialists Urban Splash as principal consultants on the new scheme for the site.
Now Urban Splash are sharing their latest proposals at a public exhibition, which will take place on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 April from 11am to 4pm at the Rotunda Cafe in Preston Park, as part of their commitment to consult residents on the new plans.
Councillor Leo Littman said, "This important site, which is at the gateway to our city, has been neglected for too long.
"Ward councillors are committed to working with the developers to make sure that residents have their say on what will be a major scheme, and hopefully a landmark building."
Councillor Mike Jones added: "Ward councillors will be attending the public exhibition on Friday 27 April and are looking forward to hearing feedback on the proposals from people who live and work nearby."
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