A former jobcentre could be turned into flats by Nicholas van Hoogstraten’s sons.
The former office block was put on the market over the summer by Austin Gray, just before the jobcentre closed in July.
Now Warwick Trustees Ltd, one of several companies owned by the notorious landlord’s sons Miximilian Hamilton and Alexander Hamilton, has applied to turn Boundary House in Portslade into 18 flats.
The change would be classed as permitted development, which means the change of use does not need to be approved by Brighton and Hove City Council as long as it complies with planning policy.
But neighbours of the block are concerned that the changes will mean a loss of privacy.
In a comment left on the council’s planning portal, one neighbour said: “The north facing windows of Boundary House
overlook directly into our living room and bedroom.
“Whilst being used as an office this only affects us between 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, which is not a problem. If this was to change to residential use, we would be looked at 24/7, including evenings and weekends, a complete loss of our privacy
Another said: “Having 40 new residents in such close proximity will create a lot of noise, and the additional pressure on parking and traffic will further worsen the already strained local roads.”
One of the main external changes would be removing the main entrance doors opposite the trainline, with residents entering around the back via the car park to the north of the building.
It’s not clear whether Warwick Trustees Ltd has already bought the site. Current Land Registry records state the freehold and leashold are still owned by the government.
However, it can take several weeks for details to be updated.
The block is still advertised for sale on Austin Gray’s website. No price is listed, but offers are invited.