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Civic platform guest blogger, Selma Montford, writes about the Circus Street development. No one would dispute that the site is in need of development, it is the standard of this development which is so outrageous, she argues

The Cathedral Group, developers of the Circus street site, claim that their scheme would bring in £2million and 600 jobs into the City. How have they arrived at these figures? Are they trying to buy planing permission with their calculations?

Martin Evans, ‘creative’ director of Cathedral Group, said that “the density of the the site had been reduced following ‘consultation’ with the public”. The public were not consulted on the plans, they were informed of the plans. No meaningful changes were made as a result of the criticisms made by the two conservation societies.

There has been a slight reduction of the height of a couple of buildings, but this is so minimal, that it can only be called ‘tokenism’. It is to be hoped that the members of the planning committee will not be taken in by this ploy. It is outrageous to claim that this will result in “a very pleasant environment”.

No one would dispute that the site is in need of development, it is the standard of this development which is so outrageous.

Martin Evans continues: “We have created high quality public amenity spaces at ground floor level, with space to enjoy café culture, performance and other entertainment, which will be inviting and engaging . . .” The plans demonstrate that this claim cannot be believed.

Selma Montford: the Brighton Society

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