A HUGE 20-story development proposed for the seafront has been branded a “monstrosity” and an “eyesore” by residents.
Extensive plans have been submitted for the redevelopment of the property between Basin Road North and Kingsway in Hove.
The application submitted by Synergy Developments is for a part three and part four story building and three residential accommodation towers. The central tower would have 18 to 20 stories, the east and west towers nine to 10 stories.
It will include 1,144 m² of commercial space, 135 residential units, parking spaces and a public area.
The area is currently occupied by low commercial units and an open courtyard area.
The location is at the east end of Shoreham Harbour, west of Hove Lagoon. The 20-storey skyscraper would make it the tallest building in Hove yet, after Livingstone House, according to website Emporis.com, which monitors building heights.
Developers say the proposed commercial space would consist of a gym, restaurant and offices.
Councilor Robert Nemeth, Conservative representative for the area, said: “Cllr Garry Peltzer Dunn and I were sad to see such a big proposal and will obviously work with community groups to raise a strong objection, as we have in the past have done consistently.
“Following the Labour/Green vote to lift height restrictions, it is clear that the developer was encouraged as previous proposals were for six stories instead of twenty.
“Nevertheless, we will launch a strong campaign against the program and expect a high number of public objections.”
The planning application went live on July 12 and residents have begun providing feedback.
One described the proposed development as a “monstrosity that will overwhelm the neighboring area”.
They wrote: “I have nothing against a development per se, but this is a monstrosity that overwhelms neighboring development. It is much too high, which is particularly noticeable when you are close to the road.
“The negative impact on local infrastructure (extra traffic and burden on GPs, schools, kindergartens) will be unacceptable as it is already struggling.
“I also reject the design, which does not match the surrounding buildings in terms of color or architecture.
“Sometimes modern can work really well alongside old, but this design is just boring.”
One person said: “The 10 and 20 story elements of this development will severely impact the convenience of the area.
“Whatever views of the sea are there after the development of the recently completed apartments via Miller Bourne Architects will be lost.
“Properties on the north side of Kingsway will lose daylight and sunlight for a significant portion of the day, particularly during the winter months.”
Another wrote: “The height of the proposed towers is totally inconsistent with the area and will be an eyesore.
“The design is significantly less attractive and appears brutalistic instead of modern like the adjacent new development.
“The ‘cages’ on top of the towers are like prisons and abominable. However, the main problem with this plan is the altitude.
“As the A279 is a lowered site below street level there is no reason for these to be more than four stories above street level.
“The plans are unsustainable for the local community at this time.”
Synergy Developments has been contacted for comment.
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