Gardens & wildlife

London Road Station-Listing Process

The Council's review of the city's Heritage Assets has now reached the stage where the public are invited to support or show indifference to recommendations.

The Council has logged London Road Station on its first draft of the revised local list under Shaftesbury Place see within PDF for places beginning with "S", recommending it for listing.

Support has come from Ditchling Rise & Area Residents Association and London Rd Station Partnership. See short YouTube video on these groups.

Click here to see the interesting response submitted by DRARA and LRSP, which stresses the degree of historical interest and communal value of the station.


These factors should be added to other attributes already identified by Brighton and Hove City Council's Heritage Team as good reasons for listing Shaftesbury Place and London Road Station.

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However, we can not be sure that this attractive station will be valued in this way, unless a sufficient number of Brighton and Hove's residents support this nomination.

Please comment

Please increase Shaftesbury Place, Brighton London Road Railway's chances of inclusion on the city's list of heritage assets by sending a comment in support of this to
conservation@brighton-hove.gov.uk or
Heritage Team, Kings House, Grand Avenue, Hove, BN3 2LS.
The deadline for comments is 15th March 2015.

Any comments received will be considered in producing a final draft local list and Planning Advice Note which will be reported to the council's Economic Development and Culture Committee for approval.

LONDON ROAD STATION is a facility which I believe to be of conservation value to all of our neighbourhoods (especially) as well as the city and the travelling public. I like it architecturally, but I also like the openness, the long view of the listed viaduct and the short view into the tunnel, the curve of the track, the rural-feel and the unusual staggered platforms, adding to exposure to wildlife / trees / vegetation along garden boundaries. Also spectacular, is the birds-eye view of London Road Station from the top of the tunnel (opposite the BP Garage on Ditching Road) which offered special joy when steam-trains revisited London Road Station last June on the 150th anniversary of the Brighton to Seaford line. Video of this event, showing the birds-eye view, is posted at

Comments which support what The Heritage Team has already valued about London Road Station, would probably help most of all (see Categories A, C and F - see below).

Please highlight these omissions

However, in view of both Brighton’s railway history and the existence of a thriving community partnership [through which London Road Station now boasts a well-looked-after community garden next to Platform 1], I do feel that the reasons for listing cited by The Council’s Heritage Team are incomplete. Surely both


should also be recorded if we are successful in getting London Road Station listed.

Older local residents will know the role of this little station over at least 3 decades in hosting a model railway club and in allowing folk clubs in the immediate vicinity to thrive. I attach my original submission (PDF) which includes photos and covers historic & evidential interest and community value (points B and D) as well as the criteria (see points A, C, F below) which Brighton and Hove Council's Heritage Team rightly records as reasons for listing LONDON ROAD STATION.

  • A - ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN AND ARTISTIC INTEREST (i) a good example of a regional approach to its design, construction, planning, craftsmanship, decoration and/or materials
  • C - TOWNSCAPE INTEREST - (i) Within a Conservation Area, making a positive contribution to the character and appearance, but atypical in style, design and/or materials.
  • C - TOWNSCAPE INTEREST - (iii) Forms a visual focal point and/or landmark
  • F - INTACTNESS - (i) Retains a sense of completeness, in itself and/or as part of a larger group. (Note that the railway viaduct to the south-west of it is already listed). Retains the majority of its design features, such as the original windows to a building or original landscape/architectural elements within a historic park. This may represent a single phase of development or a number of historic phases of development.

Please help both by [1] commenting in support of the above, and [2] encouraging neighbours to comment on nominated places and features which make a positive contribution to our area.

Relevant links

The Council’s first draft of heritage assets to INCLUDE on the revised local list

The Council’s selection criteria for heritage assets worthy of listing

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