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Emperor Restaurant Redevelopment Plans Revived By New Owner

1st April 2020 | By Peter Chapman

Plans to redevelop the Emperor Chinese Restaurant in Cyprus Road car park are back on after the new owner of the site submitted documents to MSDC for the discharge of various planning conditions to enable the project to progress.

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Back in 2018, plans were approved for the demolition of the restaurant to be replaced with a 3-storey building which would see a smaller restaurant and a convenience store on the ground floor, with 10 apartments on the two floors above it.

Following the approval, the restaurant closed, but no sign of any redevelopment work. Twice the building went up for auction again, but still no action.

The original planning application was being handled by RDJW Architects Limited from Crawley on behalf of Mr and Mrs Lai of 1 Cyprus Road. However, the latest application to MSDC in order to discharge a number of planning conditions has come from Landivar Architects Limited of Brighton on behalf of Mr D Martin from Martin Homes.


The proposed plan will see the building's entrance moved around to the left side. The lower drawing shows how the building would look if you were approaching the car park from the alleyway next to TSB bank.

A range of doucments have been submitted by the agent in order to discharge conditions related to Contamination, Acoustics, Surface / drainage drawings and Architectural details.

A construction timeline indicates the whole project from demolition to handover would take 52 weeks.

With Covid-19 currently a rather big issue, we'll have to wait and see if Martin Homes actually carry out the redevelopment.



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