NEIGHBOURS are against plans to convert two flats above a pub into three.

Concerns were outlined in 64 letters objecting to the proposal, raising the issue of the structure of the Grade II listed pub, The Dyke Alehouse and Kitchen, as well as pressure on parking and over-development.

The pub at the junction of Dyke Road and Highcroft Villas, Brighton, closed suddenly in 2016 but since December 2018 has been listed as an asset of community value.

Half the ground floor was reopened as a pub last year.

Plans before Brighton and Hove City Council planning committee tomorrow seeks to convert the first floor into two two-bedroom flats and a one-bedroom flat.

A neighbour raised concerns about the impact on people living in nearby Old Mill Mews, saying there was no room for extra parking or bins.

They said: “I fear the pub, which has been much loved by the community through its various ownerships, will have its historic structure unnecessarily altered by these new developments.

“The construction for these plans would be more than a nuisance with the noise, trucks and debris right

at the entrance of the mews which is already congested as it is.

“Much of the sunlight we get is from the open space by the pub which would be compromised by this plan.”

Preston Park ward Green councillors Amy Heley and Siriol Hugh-Jones have also opposed the scheme, with concerns about construction traffic at the busy junction, the impact on people in Old Mill Mews and the threat to the pub.

CMK Planning said it did not “envisage” any harm from the proposal. The planning committee is being advised to grant permission.