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Brighton Scheme Criticised for Its Design

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Neighbours of a planned student accommodation development in Brighton have argued the scheme will look like a prison block.

Architects, Fletcher-Rae, are looking to develop the new block at Falmer Cottages in Station Approach.

Under the plans, the accommodation will consist of 71 bedrooms, split into 55 cluster flats and 16 studio apartments.

However, neighbours of the proposed scheme have hit back, raising concerns about pollution and extra traffic.

Moreover, the design of the scheme has been criticised for looking like a prison block, that doesn't fit in with the Victorian railway station and its cottages.

Developers argued the site will be an ideal location for students due to its proximity to two universities, the community stadium, the A27, train station and South Downs National Park.

Commenting on the plans, Andrew Rae, co-founder of Fletcher-Rae, said: "Falmer Cottages is a new-build responding to the increasing demand for student accommodation in the area, while being aware of the surrounding context."

"With the building's position adjacent to the Falmer campus of the University of Brighton, it is exceptionally well positioned for students studying in the area."

The latest plans represent a modification of plans submitted a year ago, reducing the overall footprint and height of the building, which the applicants argue provides a more sustainable development.