Living Concept for Brighton West Beach, incl Portslade and Shoreham harbour
on Fri 16 Jun 2006 04:23 PM BST
Shoreham Port Authority have published their proposals for doing something at Shoreham Harbour. Regretably they can’t get agreement between Brighton and Hove City Council and Adur District Council and West Sussex County Council and SEEDA. So we need to help them.
Personally I’d like to see something like this:
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1. A mass transit system running on a bridge over the Harbour entrance and linking Shoreham Airport with the centre of Brighton
2. A pedestrian-only mini town on Brighton West Beach, with housing, hotels, offices, school(s), medical centre, university, entertainment facilities, restaurants and cafes, Olympic size swimming pool.
The finance for all this is centred on the capability of the Shoreham Port Authority to recover land from the sea to the south of the harbour. Their Phase 3 is just this. It creates a new piece of land approximately 1200 metres long by 400-800 metres wide. The mass transit system is necessary as there’s no other way to get the volume of people into and out of West Beach Town. So the land sales or leases need to cover the cost of this bridge and the links to the airport and to Brighton City.
We don’t want any height restrictions, we want exciting architecture, maybe including a floating pier as suggested in place of the West Pier. Then it’s upto the individual developers to fund their projects.
The benefits of this project will be:
– a huge jolt in the arm for the housing market
– a solution to part of the transport problem in Brighton
– a visitor attraction in its own right bringing more people into Brighton
– a boost to the success of the airport
– a huge raft of new jobs for all sectors of the community