Demolition of Historic Hove House Looks Likely

Medina House

Hove novelist Polly Samson’s plans to knock down Medina House look likely to go ahead after proposals were recommended for approval by planners.

The final decision on whether to accept the plans will be made by City Councillors at the planning committee meeting on Wednesday.

Ms Samson bought the former bath house in November 2015.

The building which was already in a state of disrepair was further damaged after an arson attack in 2014.

The new house will “echo” the original design.

There have been 41 objections to the plans from members of the public concerned about the height of the new house as well as the loss of the historic building.

New Medina House

The proposed new building has been designed to “echo” the original

The Hove Civic Society have described the plans as a “positive and an imaginative solution”, saying: “The design for the new house has elegance and merit.

“It would reestablish something of quality on the site which evokes the form of the old bathhouse whose structure can no longer feasibly be salvaged.

“The proposed materials are high-quality and should create a practical and attractive finish. There has been some debate about the colour choice of brick finish.”

Hove MP Peter Kyle has said that he supports the plans after listening to local residents.

Councillor Andrew Wealls has objected to the application over concerns that the building – which stands one story taller than the current house – will reduce the amount of light making its way to neighbouring homes.

Councillor Wealls has requested that the members of the committee who make the final decision visit the property to see the impact it will have.

The planning committee will meet on Wednesday 8 March to decide on whether to accept the planning officers’ recommendation.

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