A new green walkway could be built to connect a railway station to a major road.

The route will provide a traffic- free link from Brighton station through the New England Quarter to New England Road.

The path will take in the New England Road Grade II listed bridge and the Brighton Station site of nature conservation importance (SNCI).

A ramp will join New England Road with the bridge, 11m high, and guard rails will be provided.

The planning application has been submitted by Sainsbury's, which opened its store in the New England Quarter last year.

Subject to approval by Brighton and Hove City Council, the pathway will include seating and art reflecting the area's Victorian railway heritage.

The disused railway cutting used to provide rail access to the goods yard but is now partly occupied by the Trafalgar Place development.

The move is part of an agreement signed between the developers of the New England Quarter and Brighton and Hove City Council.

The scheme includes 400 new homes, two hotels, a major language school, a community centre, offices and a Sainsbury's supermarket.

Following planning permission, the food store agreed to a range of improvements to the SNCI, including natural landscaping, lighting, footpaths, cycle paths and nest boxes.

The path has been designed by applying the principles used in national parks for countryside ranger tracks.

Construction of the path will not require the closure of New England Road. Maintenance of the SNCI will be taken on by the council while Network Rail will retain ownership of the bridge. The council will hand over £25,000 a year to cover the costs.

A report by developers reads: "This style of path will blend into the current setting to be consistent with the greenway and be surfaced in gravel.

"The path is proposed to be lit with post-mounted floodlights at the head and foot of the flight of steps."

A decision is expected by July 15.

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