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Wilkinson Eyre resubmits Brighton tower but risks fresh row with no height reduction

Wilkinson Eyre has resubmitted radically scaled back plans ( pictured) for its £235 million Brighton Marina development.

The architect has significantly altered its plans for the project - but a 40-storey tower remains intact, it was announced this morning.

Brighton & Hove City councillors overturned officers' recommendations in November to reject the scheme, citing the project's density, as well as its leisure and parking provision.

But now Wilkinson Eyre has made an attempt to appease the council by removing three buildings from the original plan, and including more sports areas and parking.

However, the architect has not reduced the height of the scheme's tower, claiming this was not one of the reasons the project was originally rejected.

Some locals believed that arcane legislation in the form of the 1968 Brighton Marina Act could prevent developer Brunswick from building above the height of Brighton's cliffs.

But Brunswick has taken legal advice to 'prove' that it is allowed to do this with special dispensation from the local authority.

Brunswick will continue to pursue an appeal against the decision on the previous scheme, an objection currently being considered by the planning inspectorate.

The scheme's density has been cut by 25 per cent, with the number of units cut from 988 to 853.

Wilkinson Eyre director Jim Eyre said: 'Our design aims to create a dynamic environment for people to live, work and visit.'

by Rob Sharp

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