Former department store set for £5 million international college revamp

Former department store set for £5 million international college revamp

Former department store set for £5 million international college revamp

First published in News

The revival of a derelict department store into a college has been given the go-ahead despite reservations about its design and the loss of a potential city centre housing site.

Councillors at Brighton and Hove City Council’s planning committee have granted permission to the conversion of the Buxton’s furniture store in Ditchling Road, Brighton, into a new college with 58 rooms for live-in students within the last few minutes.

A £5 million redevelopment of the site would see the derelict and heavily graffitied store  run by Kings Colleges providing language courses, GCSE and A Level courses, and other pre-university preparation programmes for international students.

An application for 86 rooms with no teaching facility and a restaurant and a gym at the site was granted in May last year.

Green councillor Ian Davey said that the plans would add to the ongoing regeneration of the area for a site that was currently a “real blot” in the area.

But Conservative councillor Linda Hyde raised concerns about the zinc-cladding finish to the building while Labour councillor Bob Carden said that the brownfield site would be better used for housing rather than more student accommodation.

The application was granted by 10 votes to 2.

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4:16pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Mrbrightside1 says...

So they approve a grand magnificent building in Hove to be converted to flats, and a BLOT on the landscape to be converted to a college?

This Council and their planning dept are a total waste of space, god give me strength
So they approve a grand magnificent building in Hove to be converted to flats, and a BLOT on the landscape to be converted to a college? This Council and their planning dept are a total waste of space, god give me strength Mrbrightside1
  • Score: -7

6:17pm Wed 6 Aug 14

spurious warnings says...

Ian Davey is such a tit, I don't trust anything he's involved in
Ian Davey is such a tit, I don't trust anything he's involved in spurious warnings
  • Score: 10

6:59pm Wed 6 Aug 14

bug eye says...

its a toss up between planning and highways for the most waste of space and incompetence, neither possessing common sense or design skills whatsoever. planning are restricting housing by licencing for students and professional sharers in the whole of east brighton creating more demand and higher rents. so now they are building state of the art student blocks and wanting families to move into the slums the students have created and left behind, surely this is back to front or simply politics.
its a toss up between planning and highways for the most waste of space and incompetence, neither possessing common sense or design skills whatsoever. planning are restricting housing by licencing for students and professional sharers in the whole of east brighton creating more demand and higher rents. so now they are building state of the art student blocks and wanting families to move into the slums the students have created and left behind, surely this is back to front or simply politics. bug eye
  • Score: -1

7:16pm Wed 6 Aug 14

cookie_brighton says...

MORE student accomodation within a small area. 58 rooms here for students, 350 places in the old co-op London Road and 1300 hundred " bedrooms " to be built on the Preston Barracks site.........then there are the students already living in H.M.O.s houses in and around the Lewes Road triangle..........al
l these students are and will be..........NON council tax payers. we see the council complaining that there is not enough money and they are thinking of increasing the council tax............stude
nts can afford to buy drugs and go out at the weekend and party all hours of the night...............
.bring in a reduced council tax fee for students, after all, we receive the same services and, it is most, not all, students who " dump " their rubbish, including beds, settees, fridges mattresses and any household furniture on our roads and pavements..........f
or you and I, council tax payers, to pay for the removal of those items...........enou
gh is enough.
MORE student accomodation within a small area. 58 rooms here for students, 350 places in the old co-op London Road and 1300 hundred " bedrooms " to be built on the Preston Barracks site.........then there are the students already living in H.M.O.s houses in and around the Lewes Road triangle..........al l these students are and will be..........NON council tax payers. we see the council complaining that there is not enough money and they are thinking of increasing the council tax............stude nts can afford to buy drugs and go out at the weekend and party all hours of the night............... .bring in a reduced council tax fee for students, after all, we receive the same services and, it is most, not all, students who " dump " their rubbish, including beds, settees, fridges mattresses and any household furniture on our roads and pavements..........f or you and I, council tax payers, to pay for the removal of those items...........enou gh is enough. cookie_brighton
  • Score: 4

8:53pm Wed 6 Aug 14

We love Red Billy says...

Thankfully Ian Davey is not standing in next Mays election so this is his last gasp to try and cram more 'green' voters into the town. I understand he will be spending more time in France post May. Bon voyage Ian
Thankfully Ian Davey is not standing in next Mays election so this is his last gasp to try and cram more 'green' voters into the town. I understand he will be spending more time in France post May. Bon voyage Ian We love Red Billy
  • Score: 3

10:01pm Wed 6 Aug 14

HJarrs says...

We love Red Billy wrote:
Thankfully Ian Davey is not standing in next Mays election so this is his last gasp to try and cram more 'green' voters into the town. I understand he will be spending more time in France post May. Bon voyage Ian
I don't believe international students will be eligible to vote.
[quote][p][bold]We love Red Billy[/bold] wrote: Thankfully Ian Davey is not standing in next Mays election so this is his last gasp to try and cram more 'green' voters into the town. I understand he will be spending more time in France post May. Bon voyage Ian[/p][/quote]I don't believe international students will be eligible to vote. HJarrs
  • Score: 4

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