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189-bed Brighton Scheme Gains Approval

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Planners have given the green light to a 189-bed student development in Brighton.

Under the plans, a nine-storey building will be built on the site of the Lectern pub, which will sit opposite the Pavilion Retail Park where supermarket chain Aldi intends to open a new branch.

The scheme was approved by Brighton and Hove Council despite reservations from some councillors.

Concerns were also raised in regards to the high proportion of students in the Lewes Road area, whilst others felt the building's design was too tall. However, those supportive of the scheme said the additional purpose-built student accommodation would ease pressure on the stock of family homes.

The proposed building includes five penthouse flats in addition to the 189 student flats.

Documents submitted as part of the planning application process said of the scheme: "The proposed development would provide 189 student studios which represent a substantial contribution towards the need for purpose-built student housing in the city.

"The site is ideally located for such development, being in close proximity to university teaching accommodation, on a main road."