A plan to turn a former Brighton pub into a hostel has been rejected.
The planning application to convert the Toby Inn, in Cowley Drive, Woodingdean, was thrown out at a meeting at Hove Town Hall this afternoon (Wednesday 27 August).
Councillor Dee Simson, who represents Woodingdean on Brighton and Hove City Council, spoke out against the application by Tim Martin Interiors, of Adelaide Crescent, Hove.
Neighbours had complained about not being consulted about the proposed 18-room hostel.
They said that it would overlook some homes, that there would not be enough kitchen and laundry facilities and that the building should be used for much-needed housing.
The council’s Planning Committee was told in a report that the Toby Inn closed in 2006.
The council revoked its licence at the request of Sussex Police after the force received a series of complaints over incidents culminating in a brawl.
The report also said that although the pub had been marketed, no buyer had been found.
In one of the supporting documents, an expert valuer said that the Toby Inn, built in 1957, was typical of traditional estate pubs which were no longer viable.
It was owned by the pub company Admiral at the time if its closure and had had a succession of tenants unable to run it profitably.
Other planning applications since the Toby Inn closed have also been turned down.