Royal Alexandra Hospital site - overview

By John Riddington

History

The main hospital building was designed by Thomas Lainson and it was opened as a children's hospital in July 1881. Over the years until closure in 2007 additional buildings were constructed and alterations were made to the main building. It failed to receive listed status following its closure.

2008 planning application

Taylor Wimpey made a planning application in 2008 for a development of 149 flats with a medical centre as well as the separate application to demolish all the existing buildings. These applications were rejected by the Council in December 2008. Taylor Wimpey appealed against this decision and a local enquiry was held between May 12th & 15th 2009. The enquiry upheld the Council's decision. The letters sent to the council by the CMPCA relating to the RAH can be seen by clicking here, and the planning inspector's report can be seen by clicking here.

The future

Brighton and Hove City Council has now produced a Planning Brief for the former Royal Alexandra Hospital site, which can be seen by clicking here. The main principles enshrined in the brief are to keep the main hospital building, dating from 1881 and ensure joint working between the landowner, the community and amenity societies. As well as keeping the main building, other key principles include retaining the open space to the south of the site, ensuring new buildings were a sympathetic height limited to five storeys and safeguarding any trees currently under preservation orders.

Taylor Wimpey have now produced two new proposals for the site, neither of which meet the planning  brief.  The first scheme includes the conversion of a retained main building and would provide 118 apartments.  This scheme is 100% private market housing and does not include provision for a GP surgery.  The second scheme is all new build and provides 138 apartments of which 40% (54) would be "affordable" plus a GP surgery and a pharmacy.  Both proposals are being displayed in Hove Town Hall between 16th and 21st August prior to submission for planning permission.

This page was added on 21/04/2010.

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