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‘Student Village’ planned on the grounds of Moulsecoomb Manor House

A NEW “student village” could be built on the site of an 18th century mansion.

Built in 1790, the Grade I listed Moulsecoomb Place currently houses a University of Brighton Student Advice Centre. In the 1990s, student accommodation for 163 students was built on the site of a former nursery.

However, the existing apartments could be demolished and replaced with taller buildings to accommodate more students per proposals from developer Cathedral.

The plans include the restoration of the historic gardens, improved access to nearby Moulsecoomb train station, better public access to the gardens and historic buildings, and the creation of an “affordable and sustainable” place to eat and drink.

The Argus: An aerial view of Mouslecoomb Place and the surrounding areaAn aerial view of Mouslecoomb Place and the surrounding area

A spokeswoman for the cathedral said: “The intention is to restore Moulsecoomb Place, the tithe barn and gardens and convert them into facilities of community benefit to be enjoyed and used by many.

“The student residence next door allows for development and will be of high quality.

“We are currently open to ideas as to how the site could be used and the convertible areas include the listed buildings and gardens, working within the planning constraints.

“The cathedral aims to create something that will benefit local people and the city as a whole, which will benefit local residents, students and people from across the city.”

Plans for the mansion range from creating a “spa retreat”, a nursery and restaurant, an arts center or even a city farm.

An initial consultation on the proposed development, which concluded late last month, drew more than 250 responses, with another planned for later in the year.

The developers then plan to submit a planning application to the city council to regenerate the site.

The development would sit alongside the ‘Big Build’ on the University of Brighton’s Moulsecoomb campus, where five new towers were built to house students.

The towers of Mithras Halls on Lewes Road, which welcomed over 800 students last September, range from eight to 18 storeys and have been named after parts of Brighton and Hove – Brunswick, Goldstone, Hanover, Preston and Regency.

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