A NEW housing development is rapidly taking shape on the site of a set of demolished Victorian buildings.
Buildings on the east side of Pelham Street in Brighton have been demolished to make way for a new six-storey block, which will include 135 apartments.
Cranes tower over the construction site with several floors of the new building already under construction.
The new development sits on the site of two 19th-century buildings, designed by architect Thomas Simpson – one of which originally housed York Place Elementary School.
The buildings were sold by the Greater Brighton Metropolitan College to help fund the extension of the main college building across the street.
The almost complete £16million extension, located on the south side of the Higher Education College Tower, houses a new Creative and Digital Industries Training Centre.
A councilor accused the college of a ‘gross disregard of civil duty’ last year after the development snubbed the council’s policy of encouraging affordable housing.
At a meeting of Brighton and Hove City Council’s planning committee, Councilor Nick Childs said the new development was “vulgar and nasty”.
He said: ‘You are demolishing one of the Simpson Brighton and Preston and Hove school board buildings and replacing it with an apartment block which could be anywhere.
“What really concerns me is what I can only conclude is a gross disregard of civil duty by those involved in this development.
“A development of this size without a single affordable home is an affront and outrage to the people of this city.
“I think it’s outrageous – and how ironic that land that was owned and paid for by the taxpayers of this city and turned over to the private college entity in 1992 is now being given away and nothing being returned in return. ”
The committee granted planning permission, despite votes against from Cllr Childs and Independent Councilor Bridget Fishleigh.
The development plans include a studio, 57 one-bedroom apartments, 65 two-bedroom apartments and 12 three-bedroom apartments.