Council set to approve £79m college revamp

The Argus: Council set to approve £79m college revamp Council set to approve £79m college revamp

A £79 million college redevelopment has won council backing despite a mixed response from residents.

City College wants to revamp its Pelham Street campus in Brighton.

Bosses claim the proposal, which would be centred on a series of high- rise buildings containing teaching rooms, 442 student homes and 125 properties, would create “exceptional learning opportunities” for 10,000 students a year.

But, with the 1.28-hectare site sitting in the heart of North Laine, residents fear that enduring five years of development is unacceptable.

They add that the dust, noise and vibrations created would damage their homes and livelihoods.

But despite the objections Brighton and Hove City Council’s planning committee is set to give the proposal the go-ahead at its meeting tomorrow.

Lynn Thackway, principal of City College Brighton and Hove, said: “We want to play a key part in the wider regeneration of the city and create a scheme of which we and the city can be proud.

“We are conscious of natural neighbour concerns about noise and dis- ruption during construction and will have in place all measures expected of a city centre construction project of this type.”

The £79 million scheme, which would create 141 construction jobs, focuses on the 1960s Pelham Tower as well as the Cheapside, York, Trafalgar and Gloucester buildings.

Development would be in three phases, with the first seeing the creation of an eight-storey college building on the car park.

The second would see Pelham Tower demolished and replaced with 442 student flats, while up to 125 homes would be created on the other buildings on the site.

The proposal also includes a new public square and traffic calming measures in Pelham Street, which would give pedestrians priority.

Developers said that unlike similar proposal submitted in 2008 which relied on Government funding, this project had to “maximise the potential of its land and assets” to secure loans.

Official council papers show that 155 letters of objection have been received by the local authority, while both the North Laine Community Association and Brighton Society claim it would be detrimental to the area.

The statement from the Brighton Society adds: “The scheme is first and foremost a property scheme and will destroy the character, scale and grain of North Laine.”

The council said that it had also received more than 200 letters from people supporting the development, adding that the current buildings are not fit for purpose.

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8:55am Tue 10 Dec 13

Alison Smith says...

Looks good. Benefitting employment, housing & education needs of Brighton. What's not to like "Brighton Society" the existing City College buildings are not an attractive part of the North Road area?
Looks good. Benefitting employment, housing & education needs of Brighton. What's not to like "Brighton Society" the existing City College buildings are not an attractive part of the North Road area? Alison Smith

9:48am Tue 10 Dec 13

downbythesea says...

You can never please all the people all of the time!

I bet when the North Laines was built, other residents around there (if there were any then!) would have made the same complaints! Things never change!

On balance though, the current site is a complete dump and not really fit for modern use, perhaps the Brighton Society / North Laine Community association should think about the young people (and Adult education courses) it will benefit. Young people are not all yobs that hang around fighting / shouting / drinking all the time as these middle aged (were you ever young?) people seem to think.

And yes there will be a bit of noise, but once piling is complete it's hardly going to be earth shattering!

Live a little and stop being so stuck in the past!
You can never please all the people all of the time! I bet when the North Laines was built, other residents around there (if there were any then!) would have made the same complaints! Things never change! On balance though, the current site is a complete dump and not really fit for modern use, perhaps the Brighton Society / North Laine Community association should think about the young people (and Adult education courses) it will benefit. Young people are not all yobs that hang around fighting / shouting / drinking all the time as these middle aged (were you ever young?) people seem to think. And yes there will be a bit of noise, but once piling is complete it's hardly going to be earth shattering! Live a little and stop being so stuck in the past! downbythesea

9:50am Tue 10 Dec 13

ThinkBrighton says...

The Brighton society? A bunch of self opinionated fools who object to everything that could make the city of Brighton and Hove better.
No qualifications just Bull S4it
The Brighton society? A bunch of self opinionated fools who object to everything that could make the city of Brighton and Hove better. No qualifications just Bull S4it ThinkBrighton

1:02pm Tue 10 Dec 13

PJW Brighton says...

Wait until Unchain the Brighton Motorist put some cars in that picture.
Wait until Unchain the Brighton Motorist put some cars in that picture. PJW Brighton

2:12pm Tue 10 Dec 13

rolivan says...

They should have demolished the whole lot from the Station down to London Rd and redeveloped it as one huge project then moved to the other side and started on Hanover and Southover and St James st
They should have demolished the whole lot from the Station down to London Rd and redeveloped it as one huge project then moved to the other side and started on Hanover and Southover and St James st rolivan

7:24pm Tue 10 Dec 13

ShorehamBeachcomber says...

Pelham Tower was outside the North Laine the last time I walked past it
Pelham Tower was outside the North Laine the last time I walked past it ShorehamBeachcomber

9:42pm Tue 10 Dec 13

sueper says...

went to school when margaret hardy , if built as wanted lol time to move up north .
went to school when margaret hardy , if built as wanted lol time to move up north . sueper

10:30pm Tue 10 Dec 13

jimthedoorman says...

sueper wrote:
went to school when margaret hardy , if built as wanted lol time to move up north .
And this comment, ladies and gentlemen, is why we still need colleges.
[quote][p][bold]sueper[/bold] wrote: went to school when margaret hardy , if built as wanted lol time to move up north .[/p][/quote]And this comment, ladies and gentlemen, is why we still need colleges. jimthedoorman

8:49pm Fri 13 Dec 13

mbyebabou says...

A big thank you to all those (341 standard letter signatures) in support of the City College redevelopment project, particularly those from minority and hard to reach backgrounds. Now that the approval is given, I hope all of us will endeavour to assist the College in mitigating all the concerns raised during the consultation to make the project a success- something that the City can be proud of.
Congratulations to City College and all those involved-for or against.
A big thank you to all those (341 standard letter signatures) in support of the City College redevelopment project, particularly those from minority and hard to reach backgrounds. Now that the approval is given, I hope all of us will endeavour to assist the College in mitigating all the concerns raised during the consultation to make the project a success- something that the City can be proud of. Congratulations to City College and all those involved-for or against. mbyebabou

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