RBS Real Estate Asset Management (RBS) has begun public consultation on a proposed regeneration of North Street in Brighton where it owns the former Hanningtons Department Store and Huntingdon House.
North Street suffers from high vacancy rates and poor pedestrian facilities due to narrow pavements, poorly placed bus stops and a poor layout for both traffic and pedestrians. This has made access to North Street and the adjacent Lanes difficult and has resulted in conflict between shoppers and travellers, harming the viability of local businesses.
The proposals are designed to improve the environment for pedestrians and upgrade the facilities for bus passengers by widening pavements, relocating and constructing new bus stops and shelters, as well as planting new trees, installing new seating and benches, and developing a new pelican crossing at Prince’s Place to improve the flow of pedestrian traffic.
The proposed improvements will be carried out at RBS’ own cost and will support local businesses, attract new retailers to Brighton, encourage shoppers to visit North Street and stay longer and help people to move between The Lanes, North Laine, East Street and Western Road areas.
RBS is working with specialist advisers, Urban Movement, and in partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council and Brighton & Hove Buses, to ensure the scheme’s suitability, quality and delivery.
RBS will also undertake further improvement works to the old Hannington’s Department Store including new shop frontages and external decorations. The works will be completed ahead of the development of the Hannington’s Lane, a new Lane linking Meeting House Lane and Brighton Place, for which it received planning permission in December 2013. The proposal for North Street is not part of this planning application and is not part of any Section 106 agreement.
Joss Brushfield, director of RBS Real Estate Asset Management, says: “This innovative proposal will regenerate North Street which sits at the crossroads of Brighton’s shopping areas. These improvements will ensure that the street thrives once again, providing newly attractive space for local, national and international retailers and making the street a nicer place to visit.
“We believe that these proposals are in the interest of all stakeholders, and we are proud to be contributing to the Brighton economy.”