Brighton has a range of academic institutions, boasting two high-profile universities. The number of students in the city is on the rise, with the universities looking to expand. Because of this, much of the housing in Brighton is taken up by students, a source of great frustration to many locals.
However, students do need affordable housing at an ever-increasing rate. To address this need, three houses, formerly for families, will be made into student housing. The plans have been approved by councillors.
The houses in question will be at 58 Staplefield Drive in Moulsecoomb, 96 Auckland Drive in Bevendean and 12 Twyford Road in Coldean, further increasing the influx of student housing. Article four is in action in these areas, meaning that no more than 10% of homes within a 50 metre radius can be houses of multiple occupancy (HMOs).
The plans are proving somewhat controversial, with many objecting to the councils vision. One such person is Labour Councillor Nancy Platts, who sees the plans as counter-productive: “There is a general increase in the number of HMOs now and it is a problem.”
She believes that the council should be prioritising the needs of families: “This takes us in the wrong direction. We need to free up family homes.”
The councillors in each respective ward objected to the plans. Anne Meadows of Moulsecoomb and Bevendean was concerned about the number of HMOs already in the area. Daniel Yates of the same ward believes that students disrupt the quality of life for families, with added noise and parking difficulties. Michael Inkpin-Leissner and Tracey Hill of Hollingdean and Stanmer also opposed the plans in their area.
Regardless of this, they were approved, with the condition being that the properties must not be altered.