Local residents are writing to MP about proposed development near Hove Lagoon

HOVE residents have written to their local MP expressing their objections to a proposed 20-storey development near the seafront.

Jaqueline Clark, 62, wrote to her MP Peter Kyle about the “shocking and unacceptable” proposal to develop the land between Basin Road North and Kingsway in Hove.

The application, submitted by Synergy Developments, is for a part three-story, part four-story building and three residential accommodation towers known as Aldrington Wharf.

The central tower would have 18 to 20 stories, the east and west towers nine to 10 stories.

The Argus: An Artist's Representation of Evolution. Credit: Planning application for Aldrington Wharf/BHCC developmentAn artistic representation of the development. Credit: Planning application for Aldrington Wharf/BHCC development

It will include 1,144 m² of commercial space, 135 residential units, parking spaces and a public area.

In her letter, written on behalf of Jaqueline and her partner, she explains that the couple moved away from London 18 months ago “in search of a better quality of life and community”.

Jaqueline said: “We are writing to convey our serious concerns as residents of your constituency at a planning application which, if approved, would destroy our local community of West Hove by changing its friendly and residential character with a tall tower Blocks along our boardwalk, more in line with big cities, which would also significantly impact our quality of life by blocking sunlight and overshadowing our homes.”

The Argus: Jaqueline and CarolyneJacqueline and Caroline

She also attached a detailed report from the Kingsway and West Hove Residents Association detailing several reasons for the appeal.

These include parking, sunlight, townscape, development and commercial uses.

Jaqueline continued: “We moved to Hove from London about 18 months ago in search of a better quality of life and community.

“We were aware at the time that there were some proposals to redevelop the area, but proposals with a significantly lower building height, namely six floors, not 20 as is now being proposed.”

The Argus: Streetscape – Tall Buildings Statement/ Planning Proposal for Aldrington Wharf Development/ BHCCStreetscape – Tall Building Statement/ Planning Proposal for Aldrington Wharf Development/ BHCC

The couple said they recently attended a meeting with a Synergy Developments representative at which various claims by local residents were disputed.

Jaqueline added that after applying, she was not given any information about the development.

She said: “The developer was unable to demonstrate any community benefit in these proposals; In all honesty, he dismissed all of the residents’ concerns about noise pollution, sun and daylight shading, impact on community infrastructure, including traffic, and parking.

“The added pressure on the local NHS and schools has not been recognized as a problem.”

The Argus: Photo: Proposed Kingsway Elevation for Aldrington Wharf development/ BHCCPhoto: Proposed Kingsway elevation for Aldrington Wharf / BHCC development

“We expect you, as our MP, to support us and our local community in opposing this ill-conceived planning proposal, motivated by financial greed without proper consideration of the local context or the best interests of the community,” she closed.

Mr Kyle said: “I’ve always been interested in developing this place and having more residential and leisure facilities there.

“It would also benefit from better roads and sidewalks and active travel plans.

“However, what this location needs is affordable housing for local families and a design befitting a harbor and lagoon location.

“Unfortunately, this current design and plan does not meet these requirements and is far too over-engineered for the space.”

Synergy Developments has been contacted for comment.

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