Boots branch in Brighton set to move

Boots in London Road, Brighton
Boots in London Road, Brighton

A branch of Boots the chemist is moving from its premises in London Road, Brighton, into a former Chinese restaurant across the street.

The move paves the way for its current building to be demolished and replaced by a five-storey block, housing 232 student flats and new shops.

Bamboo House

Bamboo House

The company has submitted three planning applications to convert the vacant Bamboo House premises into a new branch, with new signs and changes to the building’s layout.

The conversion involves gutting the old restaurant, which was previously a branch of the Alliance and Leicester and then Santander bank. It was most recently divided to include a kitchen and two karaoke rooms.

Moving the pharmacy even just across the road meant that health chiefs were informed and consulted.

NHS England wrote to Brighton and Hove City Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board after being told about the proposed move.

Plans for the new Boots shop front

Plans for the new Boots shop front

The Health and Wellbeing Board has a duty to ensure people have proper access to local pharmacies.

After advice from the council’s public health team, Councillor Clare Moonan, who chairs the Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “This is only 100 metres across the road and should not have a detrimental impact on our community.

“The level of service and opening hours will not be changing. As there is no gap in provision, the Health and Wellbeing Board does not need to make a representation.”