Developer asks to knock down flint cottages and build student block

Posted On 08 Oct 2018 at 2:58 pm

by Karen Braysher

Dozens of people have objected to plans to knock down two empty flint cottage in Falmer and build halls for 71 students.

Tekton Student Living applied last month for permission to knock down 41 and 42 Park Wall Farm Cottages, which stand next to the Amex Stadium.

In their place, it wants to build a four-storey block to house 71 students in 15 studio rooms, one disabled studio apartment and cluster flats. The scheme also includes 56 cycle parking spaces and four parking spaces (including disabled parking space).

An artist’s impression of the new block

Since the application was posted on Facebook by a local resident, 23 people have objected to the scheme, most citing the loss of the Victorian flint cottages.

One said: “Although these two Sussex flintstone cottages are not listed buildings, surely they should be renovated and maintained to reflect the historic character and nature of the area they stand in?

“Other similar flintstone properties in the area are listed and protected from demolition and change of character.”

However, in its application, Tekton said: “[The cottages] have not contributed to the housing supply needs of the city for several years. During this time, the buildings have become derelict and the gardens overgrown.

“The existing buildings are not listed, locally listed or located within a conservation area and their removal should not therefore be resisted.”

An impression of how the block will look in place of the existing cottages

It also says that with an estimated 27,000 students in the city and only 8,000 beds in existing halls and just over a thousand more coming in developments such as Preston Barracks and the former Lectern pub site, there is a substantial need for purpose built student accommodation.

And it says one benefit of its scheme will be a “reduction in the reliance on traditional housing being used as HMO accommodation and the potential release of properties for family accommodation.”

The application details talks it has had with planning officers since 2015, and states that officers have agreed that benefits of student housing on the site would outweigh loss of the empty cottages – although previous plans for 91 studio rooms over four storeys were considered too large.

If built, the residents are likely to be students enrolled with The Study Group either at Falmer or the Brighton Study Centre in Billinton Way in the New England Quarter. The Study Group will manage the halls.

  1. Rob Reply

    The design is pretty brutal. Yikes.

  2. Karen Braysher Reply

    Does not reflect the total story of being a Victorian Railway Station with vast appeal. We have enough students here at Station Approach, we used to have families, about time we had them back to form a community.

    • rolivan Reply

      I remember sitting at my classroom window over 50 years ago drawing a picture of a van going up the road without the Uni in sight and back then Brighton University was a Teachers Training College.
      It is a tad late to say that a couple of cottages could bring together a Community.

  3. Anne Locke Reply

    I understand the last tenant wanted to buy the cottages but this was refused and they have been deliberately kept empty and allowed to become derelict by the owners/the Council. These and the other Victorian cottages nearby aren’t even mentioned in the application, it’s just described as a ‘disused site’! No heritage impact assessment has been conducted.

  4. christopher horobin Reply

    the council should check out the damage done in the city of Bath by the out of control student accomodation building program .whole streets of former family homes turned into student accomodation making it very hard for low income families to find homes they can afford to the landlords of bath the student is king .please dont let this happen in brighton allready to many homless people.

  5. Valerie Reply

    The council should be fined for having refused to sell the cottages to the tenant and fined again for leaving them empty. Smacks of a plan awaiting exactly this outcome. Why? Needs to be explained by the council.

  6. Christine Rodgers Reply

    More and more of these “ordinary” buildings are being lost to new development. Derelict does not mean the buildings cannot be revived. If there is a new build, why not incorporate the old into it? (Oh, I know it would affect the profit margin)

  7. M warden Reply

    ,Students , students , students, let’s get some more crammed in ,the changing face of Brighton what a shame.

  8. Rupert Reply

    Why not make into trendy flats for commuters and not more than 500k so are affordable not student houses

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