Hundreds of people have protested plans for a 20-storey block of flats on Hove’s seafront.
A community leader compared the £76million scheme to the set from a ‘Godzilla’ movie, while a civil society group called it ‘massively aggressive’.
The tower is one of three towers forming part of a commercial and 135 residential development known as Aldrington Wharf.
Artist Impression Aldrington Wharf
A company called Synergy Developments has applied for planning permission to build the project between the A259 Kingsway and Basin Road North at the east end of Shoreham Harbour.
The tallest building – at more than 74 meters or 240 feet – would be 20 stories tall, while two other 10-story towers would be 44 meters or 145 feet tall.
In about two months nearly 400 people have lodged their objections with Brighton and Hove City Council, as has the Kingsway and West Hove Residents’ Association (KAWHRA).
The residents’ association held a meeting this month and more than 100 people turned to the question-and-answer session with Synergy CEO Martin Knott.
KAWHRA Chair Peter Reeves said the responses did not address people’s concerns, adding: “This proposal is unannounced, unexpected and unwanted.
Aldrington Basin from Lagoon Artist Impression
“The extraterrestrial presence of a shadow-casting cage-roof skyscraper amidst a nearly continuous and oversized block of inappropriately designed apartments would be more appropriate on a Godzilla movie set.”
The association compiled a list of 58 grounds for objecting to the scheme, which it said would cause “serious damage” to the area of 1920s single- and two-family homes along the tree-lined streets.
Concerns included loss of daylight, increased pressure on parking lots and increased traffic on Basin Road North.
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KAWHRA also said the plans did not include affordable housing, causing the homes to be used as second homes and vacation rentals rather than homes for locals and first-time buyers.
Mr Knott said: “We are trying to be open about the process we have to follow. We can’t please everyone.
“We tried to take comments into account and changed the design as much as possible. What we propose will please some and not others.”
The Brighton Society is among the objectors. It is not against the development of the area, but the height of the buildings is “massively aggressive”.
The Society said: “The development would result in a loss of light that would be both significant and detrimental to the living conditions of residents of neighboring properties in Kingsway ahead of the application area.
“The low winter sun cast a large and long shadow over the houses and gardens. The images showing the shadows cast by the towers are very poor and indeed misleading.”
The two Conservative councilors for Wish Borough, which includes the Aldrington Wharf site, have written to those most likely to be affected by the plan.
Councilor Robert Nemeth said: “Councilor Garry Peltzer Dunn and I have written to 4,000 residents about this program and will be doing so again shortly.
“In close cooperation with KAWHRA, we were able to persuade almost 400 residents to object.
“While some of the features of the scheme have been improved since the release of the previous set of drawings, there is no escaping the fact that the proposed structure is three times taller than it should be.”
To view or comment on the planning application, visit the Council’s website here and search for BH2022/02266.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/22834178.objectors-target-aldrington-wharf-plan-shoreham-harbour/?ref=rss Objections are aimed at the Aldrington Wharf plan in Shoreham Harbour