Plans to build a 196 room, student hall of residence with a grey zinc roof on the site of the old Saunder’s Glass Factory in Sussex Place near the city centre have met with opposition from Brighton & Hove’s planning department
The plans are for 118 study bedrooms clustered in units of six with one shared kitchen and living area in addition to 78 studio apartments with their own kitchens and bathrooms. There would be no car parking but there would be secure space for 60 bikes.
Architects Camillin Denny, which designed the scheme, said the privately-owned halls would have a positive impact on the environment by allowing students to live within walking distance of the city centre and University of Brighton.
Being close to the number 25 bus route, the development could also accommodate students from Sussex University living off campus.
Both Brighton and Sussex Universities are planning to expand their own university-owned halls of residence.
But city planners from Brighton and Hove City Council have recommended the plans should be refused on a number of grounds, including a poor standard of accommodation, impact on the neighbouring Valley Gardens Conservation Area and the loss of a site earmarked for residential housing (student accommodation does not count towards the city’s housing target).
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