The bus station in Conway Street in Hove is to close, marking the end of an era dating from the 19th century.
Staff at The Argus, the daily newspaper for Brighton and Hove and the wider Sussex area, will remain in the building.
But with staff numbers falling over the past four years, the newspaper staff need much less room. The rationalisation is expected to save money for the paper’s operating company Newsquest and its American parent company Gannett.
Property company Matsim has been putting together a number of sites between Ellen Street and the railway line with the Conway Street bus depot buildings bringing a critical mass.
And any development there is expected to consoder links with the other side of the tracks – between the railway line and the junction of Sackville Road and Old Shoreham Road and including Newtown Road.
A bus depot has been on the Conway Street site since at least 1884 when the buses were horse-drawn.
The Hove Station area is earmarked as having the capacity for 575 houses and flats in the latest draft version the City Plan.
The plan – a 20-year blueprint for Brighton and Hove – said that the site was suitable for securing long-term regeneration opportunities.
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