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Vita Scheme Set to Be Turned Down

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Plans to build new student accommodation with more than 300 rooms look set to be turned down by councillors.

Developer Vita wants to demolish existing buildings in Melbourne Street to build new office space, student accommodation and 24 flats.

However, Brighton and Hove City councillors are recommending that the planning application is refused permission, as there is not enough non-student housing.

A report going before the planning committee said daylight was also poor and would impact on future occupants as well as neighbours.

Neighbours to the scheme submitted 49 objections in relation to the application, raising concerns over the existing level of HMOs in the area, along with the potential for additional noise disturbances.

They also described the development as making life unbearable for working residents while turning the street into a student metropolis.

In addition, the three current Hanover and Elm Grove councillors, have all written to the committee against the scheme.

The development is due to be debated at a committing meeting being held this week.