Madeira Terrace restoration planning application – comments invited

2 September 2022

Comment on the planning application for the first phase of the restoration of Madeira Terrace, Brighton.

The planning application for the first phase of the restoration of Madeira Terrace has been published. The Terrace and its historic green wall has been an iconic part of Brighton’s seafront since the 1890s and you are invited to comment on the plans, which will be considered by Brighton & Hove City Council’s Planning Committee when it meets on 2 November 2022.


The planned restoration work includes:

  • Repairing and protecting the cast iron
  • Redesigning the mid-deck walkway
  • Restoring decorative elements such as the striking spandrels at the front of the arches
  • Meeting current building regulations to make things safer
  • Installing new seating, lighting, and space for pop-ups on the deck and at ground level, to accommodate events such as food festivals or live music
  • Safeguarding and retaining the historic Japanese green spindle plants to re-establish the Green Wall at the back of the terrace
  • Local interest groups and experts, including Building Green, are helping to advise on the best methods to protect, transplant, and re-populate the Green Wall.

Accessibility to the site will be improved:

  • Upgrade to the Madeira Terrace Shelter Hall lift
  • New lift installed at Royal Crescent steps
  • Steps opposite Royal Crescent restored
  • New staircase installed just west of the Shelter Hall lift

Circular economy principles have been considered throughout the project to reduce waste and reuse as much existing material as possible.

Comment on the plans

    You can view and comment on the Phase 1 planning application through Brighton & Hove City Council’s Planning Register portal – search for reference number BH2022/02577.

    More information


    By The Living Coast

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