PLANS for a new retirement home on Harry Redknapp’s Southsea site have been met with a mixed reaction.
Developer McCarthy & Stone presented the designs at the Royal Beach Hotel, next to the site of the proposed building on Southsea seafront, which is currently owned by the former Pompey manager.
South Parade Trust chairman Leon Reis said he was underwhelmed by the design for the 100-flat retirement home.
Mr Reis said: ‘It’s alright, but I wish it was outstanding because this is an outstanding point on the English coastline.
‘I’d buy one if I won the won the lottery, but I wish it was something amazing.’
David Sandford of Southsea said he was pleased the plans did not resemble the nearby apartment block Tower House, in Clarendon Road.
He said: ‘The fact that it’s not in the same style as the monstrosity along the road is a great relief.’
Brenda Jeram, of Southsea, called for the developers to keep the name Savoy in memory of the hotel on the site which burned down in 2011.
Mrs Jeram also asked for a planned Co-operative minimart to be moved from the seafront side to Clarendon Road.
She said: ‘I don’t like the idea of having the shop on the front, it wouldn’t look so good.’
The development will have 50 parking spaces, which some people said was not enough.
Caroline Wedgeworth of Southsea said: ‘It’s unlikely there’ll be enough parking spaces because parking is a huge problem here.
‘But I think the design looks nice and it looks as though it’s going to be spacious.’
Daniel Perfect, land director at McCarthy & Stone, said experience had shown there would be more than enough parking bays for a development of that size.
Mr Perfect said if Portsmouth City Council approved the design, work would start early next year and the development could be open as soon as summer 2016.
Mr Perfect said they had an agreement had an agreement to buy the land from Mr Redknapp if the Portsmouth City Council rubber stamped the design.
Mr Perfect said: ‘The application will go in early June.
‘If we got planning permission in September or October work would start early next year.’
Mr Perfect said the development could be open as soon as summer 2016.
Emmett Russell Architects director Vicki Emmett said the building would blend in with its surroundings.
Ms Emmett said: ‘It’s a new building with a contemporary appearance.
‘The whole facade plays with light and it has large windows which are in line with traditional Georgian designs.’