Date: 18th February 2016 at 3:50pm
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Brighton and Hove Albion’s hopes of building a hotel next to the Amex Stadium have been dealt a blow as the Council’s planning committee chair Jule Cattell has described current plans as ‘pedestrian’ and ‘not up to scratch’.

Brighton had spent time formulating the hotel plan to provide accommodation for fans and visitors to the nearby University of Sussex and the plans also included a cancer treatment centre in the basement of the development.

Stating they believed it would bring around £6million to the local economy and create 82 jobs, the planning committee were less than impressed and turned down the application on Wednesday evening.

Brighton were said to be obviously disappointed, but at this stage were not going to comment further.

The BBC have Cattell saying.

‘I voted the way I did because the design of the hotel is not of a very good standard. The stadium is stunning and this was just very pedestrian. The applicant was told this right from the start so it shouldn’t have been a surprise. We are not against the principle of the hotel.’

She went on to say that the Council would be inviting Albion director Martin Perry to negotiate with them for a new scheme as soon as was possible, but fellow Councillor Mo Marsh expressed her surprise that the plan was rejected.

Perry has said the club would not go back with an amended design as there was nothing wrong with it.

‘All of us in the Moulsecoomb and Bevendean community would have so welcomed this fantastic investment. We are all reeling.’

Labour’s Les Hamilton was quick to point to the ‘contradictory’ approach from the planning committee is saying that effectively it wasn’t as pretty as the Stadium – given the outcry there was about the Stadium when that was proposed.

Cattell had the swing vote and the plans were rejected five to four on the evening and the plans only received three objections on the basis of increased traffic.

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