The University of Brighton has submitted an application for a late night licence for its new student bar, causing some controversy among local residents.
Those living in Coldean Lane, where The Hub at Varley Halls will stand, are opposing the request to Brighton and Hove City Council for the bar to stay open until 2.30am six days a week.
However, the university has told The Argus that the planned opening hours have not been changed from the licence held by the previous bar, which has been on the site for more than 20 years.
“We have major concerns. We already have had noise issues in the past,” Pat Berry, vice chairman of the Coldean Residents Association, told the news provider.
“The geography of the area means that whatever noise is made can be heard around the houses.”
In response, the university stressed that the later hours would provide a better service to the 500 students who will be living in the area come the autumn. It applies to a new complex, which includes a restaurant and conference facilities.
On Sundays, the bar would close at 11pm and alcohol would only be served until this time each night, while dancing and music events could carry on until 2am.
“The university has had a licensed premises at Varley Halls for more than 20 years,” a spokeswoman from the university said. “The new Hub Building will eventually replace the existing facilities, and its opening hours will remain the same.
“The café, to be located in the university's new conference centre, will be used for conference and events as well as serving the main site.”
She added that the university will work with local residents to ensure that the development will not have a negative impact on the community.
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