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Brighton Residents Fear More Student Housing

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Residents in Brighton have expressed their concerns that student housing is destroying the local community.

Residents have complained at a recent public meeting that they face parking problems and that buses have been packed in areas where landlords have been converting family homes into student houses.

It is feared that the latest plans being proposed would only exacerbate the issue further. The problems surfaced at a meeting to discuss a student accommodation project close to Brighton's two universities.

Once complete the scheme will be able to accommodate nearly 380 students but would only come with a dozen parking spaces.

Residents attending the meeting suggest what is needed is more homes for families, with the local school facing cuts due to shifting demand.

However, McLaren, the developer behind the project, has argued that student flats would be more financially viable than affordable family homes.

When asked about rents, McLaren's development director David Atherton said rents would likely be between £175-£200 pppw.

He added: "We will be operating at a premium to the HMO (houses in multiple occupation) stock on the basis we will be a lot better than that."

"We'll have on-site security, amenity spaces, a much nicer room and looked-after accommodation."

"They pay a slight premium but we are working hard to keep this as affordable for local students as it can be."