Regeneration scheme continues with family homes

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NEW houses, flats and shops have won approval as part of Portsmouth City Council’s plans to regenerate an estate.

The council’s planning committee has given the go-ahead to 10 family homes and a four-storey building containing shops and 12 apartments.

The new council accommodation at Wellington Street, will be the next stage in the council’s Somers Town regeneration project.

Cllr Steven Wylie, who is in charge of housing issues, said: ‘It’s nice to see us moving to the next stage with regeneration in Somers Town. It’s great these properties are being built for local people.’

The Somers Town regeneration project manager, Launce Morgan, added: ‘We’re delighted. It was really encouraging to see the support we had for these plans from local residents and community groups. We’d like to thank everybody who wrote to support the scheme.’

Work is to start on the 10 three-bedroom houses and 12 two-bedroom flats, on Wellington Street car park, later this month.

The roundabout at Winston Churchill Avenue’s junction with Isambard Kingdom Brunel Road is already being made smaller, to make way for the development.

It’s hoped the eco-friendly scheme, will be completed by summer 2012.

The planning committee voted unanimously in favour of the scheme, after debate over the red-brick buildings’ design.

Councillor Donna Jones said: ‘The design is a matter of personal preference, but there was an opportunity to do something different here.

‘But this is a very good scheme, providing quality social housing of a size that the city needs and we should definitely support it.’