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Mixed-use Circus Street development approved by planners

A £100m mixed-use ‘innovation quarter’ in Brighton has been approved by planners.

Brighton City Council gave permission for the project, which will include 142 homes, 450 student accommodation units, more than 3,000 sq m of office space, retail space and a public square.

The Circus Street scheme is being developed by a joint venture of Cathedral and McLaren Property, in partnership with the University of Brighton and the city council.

On the site of a former fruit and veg market, the project is expected to create 400 jobs and inject £200m into the city’s economy over the next decade.

A fifth of the new homes will be affordable. New teaching and research facilities will be created for the university, including a library. A studio for South East Dance is anticipated to attract 70,000 people per year. 

Workspaces will be aimed at start-up businesses, artists and larger companies, particularly at helping creative and digital businesses remain and flourish in the city.

Green walls and roofs will be included in the development, along with 78 trees and allotments for growing food.

Developers have agreed to pay £250,000 to improve local transport and recreation provision, and to use local labour for at least 20 per cent of the construction requirement.

Planning committee chair councillor Phélim MacCafferty said: “The new Circus Street brings us a host of exciting new developments for a community and an area of our city which has been marginalised too often.

“This year marks 80 years since the demolition of Carlton Mews, Carlton Grove, Circus Court and Circus Mews in the slum clearance of 1934. Today we can say that a phoenix is rising from the ashes.

“The new Circus Street is the latest and most significant in a series of inner-city renaissance projects which support jobs and the future prosperity of the city. It is a sign of new hope in the city and affirms that our city is a place which looks to the future with confidence.”

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