After five years, three planning applications and two public inquiries Hyder Group development is finally granted planning permission

A proposal for affordable housing in Brighton & Hove has been granted planning permission more than five years after the design work started.

Simon Atkins of a:b:i:r architects began working on the scheme for The Hyde Group in early 2005.

The proposals, which provide for 39 affordable flats on the former Cover’s Yard site on the Lewes Road was finally granted planning permission after three planning applications, two public inquiries and significant design changes.

It is one of the first tall buildings in the centre of Brighton & Hove to be successful at appeal.

Covers Yard  is within an area identified as being able to accommodate taller buildings by Brighton & Hove City Council.

The proposals include a terrace of ground floor apartments with maisonettes above, a 7 storey apartment block ‘tower’ on the north east corner of the site and a 4 storey apartment block

Simon Atkins, who has lead the project through from inception and gave evidence at the public inquiry

in May, said “We are absolutely delighted that the Planning Inspectorate has granted permission for this scheme. It is testament to our client’s determination that this is the right site for desperately needed affordable housing and it vindicates our belief in good quality design. We hope that this decision will act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the Lewes Road area.”