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University welcomes approval of Masterplan proposal

The University of Sussex’s campus Masterplan has been given the go-ahead after the proposal’s original rejection by Brighton & Hove City Council.

The Planning Inspectorate, a government agency that deals with all planning appeals, assessed the University’s appeal at a hearing in Brighton earlier this month.

The public inquiry was cut short after the Council withdrew its objection to the Masterplan proposals and confirmed the benefits of the University’s plans. Its Planning Committee had refused the University’s planning application in June 2014.

The inquiry had also provided an opportunity for other interested parties to make representations on the proposals.

The Planning Inspector listened to these views and considered them – alongside his own and the University’s evidence and the Council’s new position – before he announced today (Thursday 30 July) his decision to allow the appeal.

The University’s Masterplan, which represents a potential £500 million investment in the local economy, provides a framework for the future development of campus and includes:

  • New state-of-the-art academic and research facilities
  • 2,500 new student rooms on campus and facilities to support this expansion
  • Preservation of architect Sir Basil Spence’s famous listed buildings and surrounding landscape
  • The creation of an estimated 2,400 new jobs in the local community.

The Registrar, John Duffy, said: “We welcome the Planning Inspector’s decision to approve the University’s Masterplan proposal and are pleased both the Inspector and Brighton & Hove City Council agree on the merits of our plans to modernise our campus.

“The University has taken great care to ensure our Masterplan is sympathetic to the architectural heritage and unique landscape of the campus, and over many years, we have gone to significant effort to preserve and enhance these features so that current and future generations can enjoy these surroundings.

“The careful development of our Falmer campus will allow us to provide a better education and experience for our students, while delivering substantial investment and more jobs in Sussex and the wider region.

“Over many decades, we have maintained a strong relationship with the Council and we will continue to engage with them constructively on the evolution of the campus. We also look forward to working together with local residents and businesses to listen to their views and ensure that we create a modern university that will benefit the whole of Brighton & Hove.”

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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Thursday, 30 July 2015