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Hundreds of Student Beds Approved in Brighton

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Plans to build a 189-bed student accommodation development in Brighton have been given the green light.

Located at Pelham Terrace, in Lewes Road, the development will transform the site of the disused Lectern pub into a tower block with a community centre on the ground floor and private flats on the top two floors.

After a period of debate, councillors voted nine to one in favour of the scheme, which sits directly opposite the Preston Barracks development approved earlier this year, which will house 1,300 students.

Although residents living nearby raised concerns regarding the amount of student accommodation in the area, Labour Councillor Tracey Hill suggested the city was "chronically short of purpose-built student housing".

Furthermore, although it was recognised the new scheme is unlikely to reduce pressure on the HMO market, it was suggested future demand will be alleviated.

The Pelham site will also include non-student accommodation in the form of one one-bed home and four two-bedroom homes.

As part of the development CKC Properties will also pay a further £370,000 towards green spaces and transport links.