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Bill Dunster’s PortZED vision rejected

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Bill Dunster’s PortZED project at Portslade near Brighton has been denied planning permission

Brighton and Hove Council’s planning committee voted to reject the Zedfactory founder’s 62-home proposal for the coastal site this afternoon.

The proposal for developer Bohogreen, designed in collaboration with Brighton-based Alan Phillips Architects,originally featured six lozenge-shaped buildings interspersed with vertical wind turbine columns (pictured).

The scheme was however redesigned to feature fewer homes and no turbines following residents concerns, according to the The Argus.

Planning committee chair councillor Phelim MacCafferty said: ‘Clearly we don’t want to turn down schemes which deliver sustainable homes.  However, in this case there was too much in conflict and unresolved to be able to approve.  There was real concern about potential problems with noise from the wind turbines.   

‘There are limits in how far we can go with the height and bulk of buildings.  We cannot ignore the fact such a development would have a big detrimental effect on the neighbourhood.

‘While we need green homes we can’t have them at absolutely any price – a price paid by the neighbours in this case.’

Planners recommended the Zedfactory project for refusal on the grounds that the application failed to demonstrate the site was an appropriate location for a tall building.

The scheme’s ‘constant and unvarying height’ was also cited as creating a ‘sense of bulk that would appear excessively out of scale and create a visually overbearing relationship with adjoining development to the north’.

More than 360 people signed a petition objecting to the proposal. A further 150 opposing letters were received by the local planning authority.

Criticism included potential noise caused by the wind turbines and the absence of a precedent for tall buildings in the area.

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