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Developers See Demand for 1,700 Extra Beds in Brighton

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Brighton and Hove need an additional 1,700 student beds to meet expected demand, according to developers CKC Properties.

The developer expects the shortfall in beds to exist even after all current purpose-built student accommodation schemes and a £150 million university expansion are completed.

Development director at CKC Properties, Nick Scott, suggests the city remains under supplied for student housing despite significant investment in purpose-built student accommodation in recent years.

Planning applications have been submitted to the authorities for more than 500 privately managed rooms around the Vogue Gyratory in the past three years, in addition to the University of Brighton's own 800 bed development planned at Preston Barracks.

However, councillor Michael Inkpin-Leissner has previously called for the two universities to provide enough housing on their own campuses for students throughout their time of study. Understandably university bosses said this was unrealistic given the combined 35,000 students that attend the institutions and that no other university had achieved this.

Meanwhile developers CKC plan to build 189 student beds on the site of The Lectern pub in Pelham Terrace and a further 88 at the site of a motorcycle dealers in Hollingdean Road.

Nick Scott said of the shortage of beds: "It has taken a long time for purpose-built student accommodation to come to Brighton, mainly because of the typography of Brighton and a shortage of appropriate sites."

Mr Scott went on to suggest additional purpose-built schemes would mean HMO's could be released back to the general housing market, but a debate was needed on whether student flats should be focused around a single part of the city or spread across a wider area.