Decision over Southsea pub due this week

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A DECISION over whether to turn the closed Royal Exchange pub into flats is expected this week.

Part of the former watering hole in Fawcett Road, Southsea, is already set to become a two-storey family house and developers previously had an application approved to turn the rest of the property into an eight-person house of multiple occupation (HMO).

But in April they submitted a new request to city planners asking for permission to build three flats instead.

The application has to be decided or referred to the planning committee by June 22, so councillors now have three days to decide if they need to consider the proposals at a meeting.