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2,000-bed Student Village Put Forward by the University of Sussex

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Plans to provide more than 2,000 new student beds are to be put forward by The University of Sussex and will go before Brighton and Hove City Council's Planning Committee on August 3rd.

The development, which will be located on the East Slope site, will come equipped with communal areas and secure cycle parking for every resident.

The proposed scheme forms part of the University's plan to invest £500 million into modernising and improving the campus. The East Slope site currently consists of over 500 student beds, with buildings dating back to the 1970's.

It's anticipated that the redevelopment of the site will create around 2,400 new permanent jobs and the new buildings have been designed so that they respect the vision of the campus' founding architect, Sir Basil Spence.

The University was given consent for its campus Masterplan back in 2015, and includes most of the new student accommodation development. Planning officers have already given the go-ahead to the plans but have insisted that a number of conditions are met as part of the proposals.

If the plans are approved by councillors then work on the site could begin in January 2017, with the initial phase being competed around September 2018. It's hoped that the entire development would be completed by 2020.