Topland Group of Companies (Topland), owners of the Hilton Metropole Hotel, is seeking the opinion of local residents on the proposed redevelopment of the northeast corner of the Metropole site to create a new hotel for Brighton.
This consultation is being conducted remotely (via post and online) due to the current circumstances with COVID-19.
Development is proposed at the north east corner of the Hilton Metropole Hotel site, at the corner of Cannon Place and St. Margaret’s Place. The site predominantly comprises vacant hotel exhibition space to the rear of the Metropole. This conferencing space is no longer required by Hilton and is not to be retained by this Hotel going forward. With the release of these facilities, there arises a development opportunity to create a new hotel facility that will complement the existing hotel offer in the surrounding area, and help strengthen Brighton’s strategic tourist offer. The existing conferencing floorspace comprises three floors plus mezzanine and basement levels. Externally, these rooms create the dominant featureless elevations on both Cannon Place and St Margaret’s Place.
Proposals also incorporate Nos 31-32 Cannon Place, an impressive Grade II listed building on the corner of Cannon Place and St. Margaret’s Place. The listed building, which currently accommodates a fire escape for the Hotel, is to be retained and fully integrated into the new proposals.
The site is located within the Regency Square Conservation Area which covers an extensive area of the seafront, including the West Pier, and celebrates the area’s historic character as a faffshionable seaside resort.
The site also falls within the policy defined area of Central Brighton, close to the seafront, and within a short walk of Brighton Station. The Central area is characterised by buildings serving the retail, leisure and tourism sector with a number of other large and small scale boutique hotels located nearby.
Topland is proposing to apply to Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC) in June 2020 for full planning permission and listed building consent to redevelop the site. In advance of this submission and to inform the process, Topland is seeking your views about its proposals.
This consultation follows pre-application discussions with BHCC Officers.
The Council will also be undertaking its own consultation on the proposed development once the planning application has been submitted, and this will provide a further opportunity for the local community to provide comments on the scheme.
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