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PROPOSALS to turn the site of the former Savoy Buildings in Southsea into retirement flats have been submitted to Portsmouth City Council’s planning department.

McCarthy & Stone has submitted a planning application to the authority to develop the site.

Earlier in the year, more than 1,000 residents signed a petition against the plans.

The proposal includes 32 retirement living apartments, 66 assisted living apartments and a range of communal facilities and parking.

The proposals also include a ground-floor shop, which the Southern Co-operative is hoping to move into if planning consent is given.

As a result of a public exhibition earlier this year, the roof has been set further back into the building, and the balconies and kitchen bays have been reconfigured.

A spokesman for McCarthy & Stone said: ‘We would like to thank those members of the community who took the time to give us their feedback on the proposals, which has helped us to refine and improve our plans before submitting the application.

‘We have strived to introduce a scheme that will make a positive contribution to the special character of South Parade, whilst improving the range of housing choice available to people in later life.’

Portsmouth City Council will make a decision on McCarthy & Stone’s proposals for the site in the coming months.

More than 1,000 people were invited to the company’s public exhibition in May.

Anyone who did not go to exhibition and who would like information on the plans, can call the McCarthy & Stone freephone line on 0800 298 7040 or visit mccarthyandstone-consultation.co.uk/southsea.