Brighton & Hove Council reveal plans to regenerate Black Rock site


Brighton & Hove Council has announced plans to regenerate the Black Rock site in Kemp Town, which has been derelict for more than 40 years

The site is situated at the far eastern end of the seafront, west of Brighton Marina. There is now a chance to regenerate the site and the council is holding two public engagement events to hear the views of residents and stakeholders ahead of submitting a planning application.

Aims of the Black Rock project

The aims of the project are to prepare the site for leisure or recreation use, improve access and the appearance of the land, and deliver a wider package of improvements including more attractive public space, restoration of the Grade 2 listed reading rooms, and a bigger and more protected space for the shingle wildlife area.

Leader of the council, Nancy Platts, said: “The Black Rock site has been derelict for around 40 years and we now have a golden opportunity to breathe new life into this important, but neglected part of our seafront.

“I am excited by the prospect of regenerating this area and the potential to improve walking and cycling routes at this end of the city.

“We need to know what the community think of the proposals so I am really pleased that we are hosting two events for local people to have their say.

“Once this project is complete, we’ll have the opportunity to create a new future for Black Rock and improve the area for residents and visitors.”

Key points of the proposal include:

  • Clearing the site (removing lido foundations, old sea defences and anchors, and a disused military pillbox) and improving the look of the area
  • Creating space for events and recreation (such as a multi-use games area)
  • Improving access for cyclists and pedestrians, including a fully accessible pathway along a rebuilt and extended sea wall, and a new link for cyclists and pedestrians between Madeira Drive and Brighton Marina via Black Rock
  • Renovating the Grade 2 listed Old Reading Room, making it available for future letting for a suitable use.

Making a new pedestrian link from the Volk’s Workshop at Duke’s Mound via a beach boardwalk and the new sea wall into the south part of Brighton Marina

A new vision for Black Rock

Rejuvenating the Black Rock site has long been overdue and is a vital part of reconnecting and opening up the eastern seafront.

The council is organising two public involvement sessions where residents will be invited to view the plans, ask questions and provide feedback.

The events are being held on:

  • 27 November, 2-7.30pm at St George’s Church in Brighton
  • 28 November, 2-7.30pm in the Function Room of The Master Mariner in Brighton.


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