Brighton Hippodrome: refer planning decision to Secretary of State

Brighton Hippodrome

Drawing of Brighton Hippodrome building

The application to convert the Brighton Hippodrome to cinema and restaurant use will be considered by Brighton and Hove County Council Planning Committee on Wednesday 16 July 2014 at 2pm at Hove Town Hall.

We urgently ask you to write or email the Secretary of State to request that the planning application is ‘called in’ (see below). We are pleased to hear that the Theatres Trust has already done so.

We ask you to include the following information and key points in your email. You can cut and paste the following section.

Site: Brighton Hippodrome Theatre
Address: 51-58 Middle Street, Brighton BN1 1AL
LPA: Brighton & Hove City Council minded to approve on Wednesday 16 July 2014
Planning Application Refs.: BH2013/04351 and BH2013/04348
Applicant: KUIG Property Investment LTD

Key reasons for requesting the Secretary of State’s intervention:

Brighton Hippodrome is a unique example of an internationally and nationally significant Grade II* type of theatre building which will be lost to the nation.

Brighton Hippodrome is an architecturally significant heritage asset of substantial cultural value within the central area of Brighton.

The current proposals will not conserve Brighton Hippodrome (an important heritage asset) in a manner appropriate to its historical and theatrical significance.

The current proposals for conversion to cinema / restaurant use are unacceptable. It has not been sufficiently demonstrated that there is no alternative viable use which enables Brighton Hippodrome to be appreciated and used in its original form and that would cause less than substantial harm to the significance of the building itself.
The current proposals will not allow the economic possibility of reversion of the building to its original state – therefore it will be lost to future generations.

I / we do not believe that the public benefit of the scheme outweighs the loss of cultural use or the architectural significance of the building.

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To request call-in either write urgently to:
The South Team, DCLG, National Planning Casework Unit, 5 St Philip’s Place, Colmore Row,
Birmingham B3 2PW
or email:

Many thanks

Our Brighton Hippodrome

* ‘Calling-in’ of a planning application refers to the power of the Secretary of State to intervene to take the decision making power on a particular planning application out of the hands of the local planning authority for his own determination. This can be done at any time up to the point at which the local planning authority actually makes the decision.

If a planning application is called-in, there will be a public inquiry chaired by a planning inspector, or lawyer, who will make a recommendation to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State can decide to accept or reject these recommendations if he chooses
and will take the final decision.