Developers want to knock down the oldest shop in Brighton (probably) to make a passage into more shopping opportunities. The building looks nothing from the outside, but is a timber-framed Georgian structure which could be preserved with a bit of skilful thinking.
Most could be saved if a passage went through it, taking up much of the stripped out ground floor, but keeping the upper floors, perhaps revealing its historic structure. Instead the developer has picked the cheaper option. The Councillors on the planning committee voted 7 to 5 in favour of allowing a Grade 2 listed building to be demolished. Hey ho.
You can see that they do plan to put up a narrow shopping opportunity in some of the gap, shame it couldn’t be a passage through a fascinating building instead.