A sixth form college's plans for a multi-million revamp of its facilities are set to be given the go ahead.

Brighton, Hove and Sussex VI Form College (BHASVIC) in Dyke Road, Hove, has applied for planning permission for the major scheme.

It wants to knock down College House at the rear of its site and one wing of its main building.

New three and four storey blocks attached to the main landmark building would extend along Dyke Road and Old Shoreham Road, transforming the college into a V-shape.

They would be in the same red brick as the existing college and surround a central courtyard which would be created on what is currently a car park and part of the buildings.

The college said it wanted to use the new 7,500sq m facilities to expand and improve its provision with new classrooms for science, music, media and performing arts, as well as a new student common room, theatre and refectory.

Planning officers from Brighton and Hove City Council have recommended that the plans are given permission, provided the college contributes £50,000 to sustainable transport improvements and £30,000 towards public art.

Planning officer Clare Simpson said the proposed extension would enhance the city's educational facilities without detracting from neighbours.

Members of the council's planning committee will make the final decision over whether to give the go ahead at a meeting at Hove Town Hall in Norton Road on Wednesday, July 9, at 2pm.

The plans include a reduction in the number of parking spaces on the site from 108 to 97 and an increase in the number of cycle spaces from 40 to 97.

The project will be paid for by the Government's Learning and Skills Council as part of a drive to boost facilities for 14 to 19-year-olds.

The body is also expected to fund major redevelopments of Varndean College, in Surrenden Road, Brighton, and City College Brighton and Hove, based at Pelham Street, Brighton.

If planning permission and funding is granted the first phase of work at BHASVIC is expected to be building on the Old Shoreham Road side of the college.

The college has also applied to make two single storey extensions to its sports hall at the rear of the main building.

One would be for a new energy education centre and the other for a storage facility.