£10m Brighton boutique hotel project gets underway


A plan for a £10m boutique hotel in Brighton is all set to start, after an alternative plan for housing in the city was rejected.

The proposal for a 56-bedroom hotel on the site of the former ice rink in Brighton’s Queen Square was put on hold after developers submitted a plan to use the location for 31 flats.

The plan however was rejected earlier this year and developers Stonehurst Estates returned to their original plan for a boutique hotel.

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Work on clearing out the derelict site will begin in the next few months with the scheme’s backers hopeful of a potential opening at the end of 2016.

The hotel project, which will be a sister establishment to The Light in Manchester, was granted planning permission in 2012, but campaigners initially thought the application had been rejected by the city council planning committee.

A re-count was carried out however, after councillors could not agree on the reasons to reject the proposal and permission was granted.