Plans to add extra storeys to a city centre building have been refused over fears they could create an "increased sense of enclosure".

Brighton and Hove City Council rejected the proposals to add two storeys above 55 Providence Place, Brighton, to create four flats.

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Although the flats were to be in keeping with the current design of the building, including the flats on the levels beneath, the council said the additional storeys would result in a loss of outlook for the new student accommodation site being built next door.

A Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman said: "The proposed development would result in an unacceptable loss of outlook and light and an increased sense of enclosure for residents of the redeveloped site at 5 - 8 London Road to the south as a result of the height of the new building and the limited distance between the buildings.

"The development would thus be harmful to the amenities of the future occupiers of the new development."