The public has taken the opportunity to have its say on the updated plans for an old gasworks site.

The former Brighton gasworks, off the A259 in the east of the city, has been empty for a while. 

The site is two hectares, about the size of three football pitches, near Black Rock, Brighton Marina and East Brighton Park.

Plans include three to 12 storey buildings and 565 homes. 

The developer, St William, amended its initial application after reviewing feedback from council officers and comments from residents.

Objections to the first plans submitted earlier this year cited insufficient green space and tall buildings blocking sunlight. 

Now, the public have had their say on the updated plans in comments on the council's planning website. 

One comment supporting the plans read: "The revised plans are in and the place fits well and looks great.

"Green space has been improved, buildings on Boundary Road are smaller to satisfy the Arundel Street residents, and the height of the buildings at the rear have been lowered to satisfy the handful of flats on Roedean Road.

"No doubt however, the NIMBY boomerati will say "it's not enough", as well as providing a range of completely new nonsense issues they have. 

"In reality they want the entire build binned and a few early 20th century two up, two down terraces built instead, which are obviously not appropriate for a city with a growing population and a lack of build out land."

One person objecting to the plans wrote: "Sadly the updated proposals have only improved slightly.

"The overall heights are still much too high and it looks like a concrete jungle."

Some were pleased with the amendments made and felt the developer had taken feedback from the first public consultation on.

They wrote: The developer went away, redesigned the project with the comments of the public in mind, and has returned with an excellent set of plans.

"Brighton has very few areas where new developments can be built. This is a brownfield site, totally unused, in a prime location, and is an eye sore to all those around it.

"The tremendous need for more affordable housing vastly outweighs the concerns of local residents."

The height of the buildings was still a concern for many. Another objector wrote: "Far too high, they should be no higher than six floors in this area. Seven to 12 storeys is ridiculous.

"It is a heritage area on the boarder of a National Park and current infrastructure in the area can not support that many new homes."

There were concerns about "insufficient" parking space, with the plans having 178 spaces and 565 homes. 

"It is simply wrong," read one objection. "It will push parking in Kemp Town and Roedean above breaking point. 

Anyone can provide comments at the planning application stage.

No date has been set for a planning committee decision on the proposals but it is not expected before spring 2023.