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Alaska Developments, acting on behalf of Helix Property Advisors, have today confirmed that English Heritage has formally recommended to Brighton & Hove City Council that they should grant listed building and planning consent for the proposed restoration of the Brighton Hippodrome and re-modelling to Dukes Lane, in the heart of the Brighton Lanes.

English Heritage recognised that the grade II* listed Hippodrome was one of Frank Matcham’s masterpieces; however they confirmed that the building was in a grave condition and at immediate risk of being lost.

They stated that the current Alaska proposals were likely to represent a final opportunity to save the Hippodrome and would conserve the aesthetic values associated with Matcham’s works.

Samantha Johnson, the Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas for the statutory consultee in the South East, noted in her letter to the Council that the restoration of the Middle Street façade and associated enhancements to the Old Town Conservation Area are further advantages and that they consider the scheme brings a net public benefit and recommended that the Council grants listed building and planning consents for the application.

Chris Moore, for Alaska, confirmed that this final written response from English Heritage represented 12 months of dedicated discussions and consultations with the body. ‘English Heritage has forensically examined our detailed planning application and recognised the extensive steps we have taken to protect this building and the care which has gone into every detail. We are grateful to them for this understanding and pragmatic approach, which will reassure the Brighton public who may have been misinformed about our approach, and will allow them to support this wonderful restoration project.’