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Brighton Scheme Faces Uncertain Future

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The locals of Brighton have been divided over plans to build almost 400 new student bedrooms.

Plans to build purpose-built student accommodation in a building up to seven storeys high have split a community.

The project has been put forward by the developer McLaren and includes 373 student bedrooms, as well as office and community space.

The outcome of the planning application is due next week but if approved the church of St Francis of Assisi and a recycling centre will be demolished to make way for the scheme.

The development has attracted 64 letters of support, in addition to 15 objections. All three councillors who represent Moulsecoomb and Bevendean have opposed the scheme.

Those supporting the development want to see the existing recycling centre moved and hope that PBSA will release HMOs back into the residential market. However, those against the development have cited its height and massing as reasons for refusal, along with concerns over a lack of parking.