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£300 million scheme to revive a derelict Brighton site with hundreds of homes

From Brighton & Hove News

A £300 million scheme to revive a derelict Brighton site with hundreds of homes and jobs has been signed by Brighton and Hove City Council and developer U+I.

The regeneration specialist said: “U+I today announces that a deal to radically transform the Lewes Road area of Brighton is now unconditional after contracts completed with Brighton and Hove City Council to deliver one of the city’s biggest ever mixed-use regeneration projects.

“Preston Barracks, in Brighton, a brownfield site which has lain derelict for over two decades, forms part of the wider regeneration partnership with the University of Brighton which will transform the area into a thriving new destination for people to live, work and learn.

“The £300 million gross development value project will deliver over 1,500 new jobs, 369 homes, 1,338 student beds and bring £281 million into Brighton and Hove’s economy over the next ten years.

“U+I’s proposals for the Preston Barracks site include 369 new homes, 534 student beds (a partnership with Scape Student Living), and a 50,000 sq ft innovation hub for start-up businesses and entrepreneurs.

“This forms part of plans to attract enterprising and high-growth companies and increase international investment into Brighton and Hove.

“The hub has already attracted £7.7 million of grant funding from Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

“This innovation hub is a tried and tested model for U+I. The first fully operational hub, known as the CRL (Central Research Laboratory) is located at its Old Vinyl Factory project in Hayes, where it complements the ongoing regeneration work by providing an innovative new workplace for local start-ups and entrepreneurs, and a place for the community to come together.”

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£300m plan to regenerate Preston Barracks approved

From The Argus

The £300 million transformation of a Georgian barracks site is set to go ahead after developers were given planning permission.

The University of Brighton proposal was unanimously approved by Brighton and Hove City Council’s planning committee yesterday.

Developers U+I will carry out the work to regenerate Preston Barracks in Lewes Road and the university’s Moulsecoomb campus.

The regeneration of Preston Barracks is predicted to generate £500 million for the city economy and create around 1,500 jobs, according to the university’s vice chancellor Debra Humphris.

Plans for the site, which has been derelict for 20 years, include building 369 homes, 1,338 student bedrooms and a new home for the university’s business school before 2021.

Professor Humphris said: “The university has been part of the city for 150 years.

“This development will go a considerable way to reducing pressure on local housing and reduce the need for cars and travel.

“We are committed to improving sustainability. It will provide a stunning new gateway into the city.”

The designs have undergone months of public consultation resulting in a number of objections. Among them are questions over the project’s viability, air pollution created by increased car parking and traffic, transport and congestion, lack of affordable housing and the effect it will have on Saunders Park View and Coombe Road residents.

During the meeting yesterday, Rebecca Barkaway, a member of the Coombe Road Area Local Action Team, said: “We are being transformed into the university’s campus.

“In an area that is already overwhelmed by a student community this just seems a step too far.

“We want to see investment in local provisions.

“We believe the 369 non-student houses should have a covenant placed on them so they don’t become HMOs.

“We also want to see money spent on improving the Saunders Park area.”

Environmental campaign group Brighton and Hove Friends of the Earth (BHFOE) objected to the proposed increase in parking across the development.

The group argued it would lead to increased traffic and air pollution. The group claimed that if built the development would keep air pollution levels above the legal limit.

More than 400 responses were received supporting the development before the meeting.

The original proposal was revised to include 19 additional homes, a reduction in the height of certain buildings, additional community facilities and a transport plan.

A new pedestrian bridge across Lewes Road will be built as well as new squares and crossings which are designed to improve pedestrian access.

Cycle docks and more than 1,000 cycle parking spaces are included in the plans, as well as 30 spaces for bicycles used as part of the city’s new bike hire scheme.

In March, the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner requested more money to cover the cost of more officers and staff set up costs, investment in IT operations, additional vehicles and the cost of supporting additional officers, as a result of the proposed development.

Andy Taylor, who represented the commissioner at the meeting, repeated the submission for £217,336 to fund the cost of extra policing to accompany the development.

The planning committee agreed not to support the request for more money to fund extra policing.

Richard Upton, deputy chief executive of U+I, said: “This is a major milestone for the Preston Barracks project, one of the largest and most ambitious regeneration projects to have been brought forward in Brighton for a number of years.

“We have the opportunity to transform this area of Brighton, which has been derelict for 20 years and deliver a huge number of benefits to the local community and the wider city.

“Our Circus Street project is also moving forward at great pace, regenerating another important part of the city.

“We will deliver world class, imaginative urban design on each project, building on the bohemian audacity of the Prince Regent and leaving a lasting legacy that befits such an inspirational city.”

Preston Barracks and Moulsecoomb Campus regeneration plans revealed

From Brighton & Hove Business

Draft plans for Momentum Lewes Road, the regeneration of Preston Barracks and the University of Brighton’s Moulsecoomb campus will be on display for comment at a public exhibition. They are expected to create over 1000 jobs and attract over half a billion pounds into the city’s economy.

A joint planning application for three sites; the University of Brighton’s Watts and Mithras car
park sites on either side of the Lewes Road and neighbouring Preston Barracks, will be
submitted to Brighton & Hove City Council Planning Department by U+I Plc and the university
later this year.
Richard Upton from U+I Plc said, “The partnership aims to create a new place that is lively
and bursting with creative energy, delivering a wonderful place to live, work and learn. This
major development will act as a marker to the city from the north, whilst contributing a vibrant
new place with a melting pot of uses, which will complement the existing community.”
A 50,000 sq ft ‘central research laboratory’, acting as an incubator centre and cutting-edge
facility to support new, hi-tech and design-led manufacturing start-up companies and
entrepreneurs will be at the heart of the Preston Barracks site. It has attracted a £7.7 million
Approximately 350 new homes, including affordable homes, will line new green public spaces.
Small independent retail units, workshops and cafes will be provided at street level and new
routes will be created to provide better connectivity from neighbouring residential streets to
the Lewes Road and Moulsecoomb Railway Station.

There will be a new home for the university’s Brighton Business School along with new teaching and learning facilities.

The scheme as a whole will deliver around 1,300 student bedrooms at Preston Barracks and on the Mithras House car park, ensuring provision of quality, managed accommodation for students at the university and taking the pressure off private rented accommodation.

All existing university parking spaces will be replaced by a multi-storey carpark on the Watts car park site and there will be additional car parking at Preston Barracks to serve the new residential and business uses.

The university and U+I have an established working relationship that dates back to 2006 and have worked closely, alongside Brighton & Hove City Council, on the development at Circus Street in Brighton city centre, adjacent to the university’s Grand Parade campus.

Cllr Warren Morgan, leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, said, “Preston Barracks has been on the drawing board for 14 years and it is a key site for new affordable housing for local people, jobs and growth. Brighton & Hove City Council City Plan envisages a joined up approach should be taken to development along the Lewes Road so it’s great that we are working in partnership with U+I and the University of Brighton to drive forward this much-needed regeneration.”

Professor Debra Humphris, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton, said, “We see this as a great opportunity to improve the facilities we have for our students and staff as well as to open up our sites on the Lewes Road to the local community. This is a very exciting proposal for the city and for the university – one which will create an open and attractive location which generates jobs, brings economic benefit to the city and will reduce pressure on the private housing market.”

The exhibition will be taken to Churchill Square in the city centre on Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1. See www.momentumlewesroad.com for more information.