Flats to go on site of old Portsmouth community centre

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THE site of the former Southsea Community Centre is to be turned into a block of flats.

Portsmouth City Council has given the green light to 23 one and two-bedroom homes to built on the King Street site at a cost of £2.5m.

There is a huge demand for new homes in the city

Steve Wemyss

The community centre’s facilities have since moved to the Somers Town Central building in Winston Churchill Avenue, which opened in May last year.

Councillor Steve Wemyss, cabinet member for housing, said the new flats would improve Portsmouth’s housing shortage.

Cllr Wemyss said: ‘There is a huge demand for new homes in the city.

‘This scheme is a great opportunity to make good use of the site of the old community facilities – which have moved into the new Somers Town Central building – to build high-quality, sustainable flats to help ease housing problems for people in the Portsmouth area.’

It is hoped that the flats will finished and ready for occupation by spring 2017.

The scheme follows three other social housing projects in Somers Town completed by the council in the last year or so.

These include 12 flats at Ark Royal House, 10 houses at Invincible Terrace and seven houses at Henrietta Place.