Planners approve £18m Build to Rent scheme in Brighton

Councillors have approved a new Build to Rent scheme in the heart of Brighton.

Melbourne Street Build to Rent scheme, Brighton | Brundell Property | BTR News
Melbourne Street Build to Rent scheme, Brighton. Image Credit: Brundell Property

Planners have approved an £18m scheme in Brighton to build 83 Build to Rent apartments – within a six-storey building – for young professionals. The one-and-a-half-acre site is off an old garage and joinery on Melbourne Street in Brighton. Councillors voted five to three in favour of the new scheme.

The developer – Brundell Property – also plans to include a roof terrace, gym and community space within the scheme, as well as a café and 587 sq m of coworking space. The basement of the site has been earmarked for the Nam Yang Community Association martial arts club, which will have its own entrance. The space will also be available to children from St Martin’s Primary School, which is close to the site.

The Build to Rent scheme is said to be car-free. Residents are unable to secure parking permits for the area where parking is already limited, so for those moving in, they will be offered one year’s free car club membership.

Brundell Property is also expected to pay over £360,000 in developer contributions, as well as £90,000 towards enhancing the open spaces and for a sports provision. This could include making Saunders Park more accessible, adding lighting and seating, and tree planting in The Avenue in Bevendean.

The committee was also told that Brundell Property has committed to a 25-year management project to maintain the tree belt behind the site – which is by the entrance of Woodvale crematorium.