Victorian Building

Victorian buildings to be converted into new homes

Brighton & Hove City Council has announced that planning permission has been granted for the conversion of two Victorian buildings into dozens of much-needed homes.

Consent was granted for the development on 9th August 2017 by the council’s planning committee.

The first building is a brewery complex situated in South Street, Portslade, which dates back to the 1880s and is set to be converted into a scheme that will provide 37 flats.

The site will also offer commercial space, including artist’ studios with ancillary galleries, community space and a café.

The surrounding industrial buildings will be demolished.

Elsewhere on site, there will be 11 new houses, including two units of affordable accommodation aimed at local people on the housing waiting list.

Local councillors agreed that they would prefer the on-site option.

In a planning agreement, developers will pay over £100,000 to improve local parts, with another £48,000 going towards sustainable transport, £21,000 for city sports centres and £16,000 to a local employment scheme.

The second building (pictured above) is a school situated on Preston Road, Brighton, which was until recently part of City College.

Councillors have approved the conversion of the building to provide 25 flats.

The planning consent will allow the locally listed 1880s building to have a roof conversion, mezzanine floors and a rear extension.

Ten of the flats will be affordable units aimed at local people in need of housing.

Developers will have to pay the council £71,000 for local open spaces and indoor sports facilities, plus £55,000 towards local schools.

“It’s very pleasing to approve much-needed new homes, preserve our heritage and make good use of vacant brownfield sites, which can so often become run down and a blight on a locality,” said planning committee chair Cllr Julie Cattell.

“Instead, these developments should bring new life to these locations boosting the local community and economy.”

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