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Green light for seafront scheme
Design for King Alfred development in Hove
The residential towers are said to have a 'crumpled' appearance
Controversial designs for a new development on Hove seafront by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry have been approved by councillors.

The design for the King Alfred leisure centre site includes 754 flats in two towers and several lower blocks. About 40% will be affordable housing.

Plans also include a 48m sports centre with a multi-coloured domed roof.

The decision clears the way for Brighton developer Karis Holdings to submit a full planning application.

The designs were approved by Brighton and Hove City Council's policy and resources committee on Thursday night.

'Noddyland eyesore'

It followed an amendment which proposed that "a meaningful number" of the affordable flats were built elsewhere in the city at a site to be decided.

A council spokesman said: "This decision keeps alive the prospect of the city getting hundreds of much-needed homes, a state-of-the-art leisure centre and a landmark building from Frank Gehry, one of the world's great architects.

"It would also bring hundreds of jobs and crucially maintain business confidence in the city as the place where things can happen."

The height and style of the King Alfred development has angered some local residents, who have criticised it as an "eyesore" and looking "like Noddyland".

Others have labelled it a "monstrosity", which is completely out of kilter with the character of Hove.

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