A derelict hostel will not have a rooftop bar added after growing opposition.

Plans were submitted to refurbish a Grade II-listed hostel in Grand Junction Road, Brighton, and add an additional floor for a rooftop bar and restaurant space.

The proposals, submitted by Dexter Moren Associates on behalf of The Louche (Holdings) Limited, aimed to transform the Hostel Point building into a "city attraction" with the bar offering a terrace with panoramic views of the sea.

It was argued that this would "increase the vibrancy of the area" and that the fifth-floor extension, where the bar would be, would be set back from the façade line of the rest of the building so it would not be seen from ground level.

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Brighton and Hove City Council rejected the plans as it said the proposed additional story would "be a prominent and alien feature".

The council said it would "fail to respect the form, character, appearance and historic and architectural significance of the listed building".

The council also said that certain internal alterations could create "significant damage" to the listed building.

Before the council refused the plans, people living in the area expressed their objections.

One person said: "On behalf of residents in the YHA and Clarendon Mansions I would like to object to this application in the strongest terms.

"This is a listed property and therefore in heritage terms this development of a roof bar and terrace should not be allowed to go ahead.

"Moreover, the proposed additional storey would look right into residents' homes, so the noise and lack of privacy would be intolerable.

"It would also block the view of the private residences in the YHA, adversely affecting their standard of living, compromising their privacy and reducing the value of their property."

Another person living nearby said: "The planned roof terrace will provide a view directly into my bedrooms - just a few metres away.

"It would constitute a gross invasion of privacy.

"People visit roof terraces specifically to take in the view, so this would be far more intrusive than, say, some windows in the same place. I strongly object on the basis of privacy."

The plans were rejected by the council on Friday.