'Pedestrian' Brighton Amex hotel rejected

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Image caption The hotel would provide accommodation for fans next to the Amex stadium at Falmer

Brighton and Hove Albion is to be asked to improve the design of a 150-bed hotel it wants to build next to its stadium after plans were rejected.

The hotel would provide accommodation for fans and visitors to the nearby University of Sussex and have a cancer treatment centre in its basement.

Brighton council's planning committee chair Julie Cattell said the design was "not up to scratch".

The club said it was disappointed but did not wish to comment further.

The football club has said the complex at the Amex stadium would bring £6m to the local economy and create 82 jobs.

'Very pedestrian'

But the scheme was turned down when Ms Cattell registered her casting vote at Wednesday's city council planning committee.

"I voted the way I did because the design of the hotel is not of a very good standard," she said.

"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 said the council would be asking Albion director Martin Perry to negotiate with the council for a new scheme as soon as possible.

Councillor Mo Marsh said she was shocked the application was refused.

"All of us in the Moulsecoomb and Bevendean community would have so welcomed this fantastic investment," she said.

"We are all reeling."

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