The language school is busy converting the buildings into a shared house (full plans here)

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Castle School of English has plans for its premises at 41 Dyke Road

A language school in Brighton has asked to convert one of its buildings into a shared house.

Castle School of English has applied to Brighton and Hove City Council for a change in use of its premises at 41 Dyke Road.

Owners Andrew Caldwell, 49, and Devrim Guven, 45, plan to turn the property into a five-bedroom multiple occupancy (HMO) home, sleeping eight people.

The couple opened the school in 2003 and plan to keep the original premises at Number 12, across Dyke Road, and will rent additional space if needed.

The school employed 20 people before the restrictions imposed at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to company accounts, but within a year the number was down to nine.

The planning application stated: ‘The existing business would continue to operate from its existing alternative address, with the option of renting additional space in high season, and so there is no loss of any community facilities offered by the company.

“The resulting HMO will benefit from excellent in-house amenities, including spacious guest rooms and generous common areas, as evidenced by the submitted schedule and accommodation plans.”

The building backs onto gardens in Upper North Street and Clifton Terrace. It is opposite St. Nicholas Church and within the Montpelier and Clifton Hill Conservation Area.

The local was the subject of an unsuccessful commercial advertisement, according to the town planning request, which led to the proposal to transform it into a shared house.

Castle School of English has been approached for comment.

To view the plans or to comment, visit the planning pages on the council’s website and search for BH2022/03569.

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