Revised plans for Preston Barracks and Lewes Road housing scheme

From The Argus

A proposed pedestrian bridge over Lewes Road connecting all three Momentum Lewes Road sites

A proposed pedestrian bridge over Lewes Road connecting all three Momentum Lewes Road sites

Revised proposals have been put forward for a scheme that aims to revive an old barracks site.

The number of homes set for the former Preston Barracks site and university land in Lewes Road, Brighton, will go up from 350 to 376 while the height of the buildings planned has been reduced.

The scheme, called Momentum Lewes Road, will transform the dilapidated barracks site and also develop the University of Brighton’s Watts car park and Mithras House car park sites on either side of Lewes Road.

A bridge has been drawn up to connect the sites.

The developer, U+I Plc, expects to create more than 1,000 jobs as part of the transformation and bring in £500 million of economic benefit to Brighton and Hove’s economy.

The scheme includes more than 1,300 managed student bedrooms, a 50,000sqft hub for start-up businesses and entrepreneurs and a new home for the university’s Business School along with new teaching and learning facilities.

Debra Humphris, Vice Chancellor of the University of Brighton, said: “We are very excited about the proposed redevelopment of our Moulsecoomb campus.

“The plans are bold and imaginative and will help to transform a much-neglected stretch of Lewes Road. The new campus will deliver significant benefits for our students, staff and residents by creating a great place to live, work and learn.”

She said the 1,300 additional student bedrooms would take pressure off private housing elsewhere.

The developers said feedback during a public consultation held in April has been taken on board. The revised proposals saw the height of buildings reduced by five storeys on the Mithras site and three storeys on the Preston Barracks site. They also include small retail, café and workshop units for independent businesses and outdoor play equipment.

A transport and travel plan has also been developed for the proposals, following issues raised at the April consultation, detailing road junction improvements, 750 car parking spaces and more than 1,000 bicycle spaces.

Richard Upton from U+I Plc said: “We have taken the time to listen carefully to local people’s ideas and concerns and have taken them on board in our proposals, particularly looking at how to make a vibrant new area of the city that benefits residents and also students and staff at the university.”

Warren Morgan, leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, said the development “was key to delivering new homes and jobs” and “driving economic growth which benefits the whole city”.

For more information, visit momentumlewesroad.com, a planning application is expected to be submitted by end of the year with a decision by spring.

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