Sussex University has been refused outline planning permission for a new £500m student campus in Brighton
Designed by ADP’s Roger Fitzgerald, the new campus included accommodation for up to 4,600 students to be housed on the campus in Falmer, on the edge of Brighton, by 2018.
1,500 existing flats would have been demolished for the new scheme.
Councillors voted 10 to one to refuse outline planning for the scheme on grounds that the plans were too big, did not do enough to preserve the local ecology and had a negative impact on the amenities. Councillors also said the scheme lacked sufficient detail.
The masterplan would have seen the addition of a new underground car park to accommodate staff and new science and academic buildings within a new quadrangle.
Speaking about the plans, concillor Geoff Wells said: ‘The additional thousands of students coming into the city will take up a lot of our family housing. We have got a phenomenal problem with housing in this city’.
The plans were submitted to both Lewes Council and Brighton and Hove City Council on 20 December. The plan formed part of a strategy by Sussex University to increase student numbers from the current 13,000 to 18,000 by 2018.
The university, which was designed by Basil Spence, had originally planned to house 800 students when it was commissioned in 1959.