Diary

First to Brighton, where a series of planning notices has gone up around the city detailing strange planning applications.

These reveal that planning permission is being sought for a host of bizarre developments, including: replacing a statue of Queen Victoria on Grand Avenue with one of a pregnant Adele, the singer; turning a medical centre into "Amanda Holden's World of Ham"; creating an art gallery dedicated to paintings of cats named Bert; converting properties into an alien autopsy centre; and converting a former furniture store into "The Roger Federer Information Bureau". For more information, visit http://phillucas.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/ planning-notices-in-brighton/

Next up, the continuing saga of a Lincolnshire nun's struggle to get permission for a large cross in her back garden. You may recall that, as reported by Diary back in August, Sister Mary Michael had her planning application for a 7.4-metre-high illuminated cross behind her bungalow refused by North Kesteven District Council. Undeterred, the single-minded sister submitted a second application, this time for a 5-metre high cross. But the council rejected her revised application too, saying the cross would be an "intrusive feature" with a "harmful visual impact". Where does Sister Mary go from here? An application for a 3-metre cross?

Going from the sacred to the profane, news reaches Diary that Auckland Council in New Zealand has granted planning permission for a whopping 15-storey "super brothel" in the heart of the city. Despite receiving 200 submissions from the public objecting to the brothel, the council gave Michael and John Chow the green light to build the Penthouse Club on Victoria St West. For the record, the building will include a ground-level bar and restaurant, with a brothel, restaurant and bar on a first-floor mezzanine. A strip club will occupy the first and second floors, and a larger brothel the third floor. Hotel accommodation will be on the fourth to eighth floors, with office space and a rooftop bar above.


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