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A SEVEN-STOREY block of flats planned for a former victualling yard has been reduced in size.

After speaking with residents of Royal Clarence Yard, in Gosport, developers Berkeley Homes will submit new plans for a smaller block of flats.

As well as reducing the height of the building to four storeys, the plan will also have fewer flats with 55 one-bedroom and two-bedroom homes rather than the 78 originally proposed.

It also had 12 parking spaces but will now have 16 including two disabled spaces, two motorbike spaces and an electric car charging point. There will also be external cycle racks for visitors.

People living in Royal Clarence Yard are pleased with the alterations. David Whitehead, from the residents’ association, said: ‘They have reduced the number of flats, increased the parking spaces and they’ve lowered the profile of the building, which is all good news.

‘Planning permission was granted so it’s been a fait accompli. What we have been fighting for is the car parking and to stop them building on the north meadow, and that’s all now been reasonably resolved.’

Berkeley Homes announced the changes in a leaflet, which said: ‘Through our relationship with the residents’ association we’ve become acutely aware of car parking constraints at Royal Clarence Marina.

‘A permanent car park management plan had recently been approved by the council.

‘To directly respond to residents’ concerns, we are preparing a revised scheme for Block NM7 to provide 55 apartments.’

It added: ‘The 16 parking spaces is in addition to the 43 parking permits allowed in the area by the council in the new plan.’

Berkeley Homes plans to submit a planning application to Gosport Borough Council in the next few weeks.