Southsea hotel plan set for new refusal

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AN APPLICATION to turn a former hotel into a block of flats and bedsits is likely to be refused, because the apartments would fall below Portsmouth City Council size standards.

Developer Roxan Construction applied to change the former Portland Hotel, on Kent Road, Southsea, into a block containing 16 flats and six bedsits.

Its plans were thrown out by the council’s planning committee in May, because it was considered the separate units would each be too small for people to live in.

The flats would have been a maximum of 100sq ft each.

Roxan is appealing against the decision, but has also made a new application.

But the council’s planning officer Simon Barnett has advised planning committee members: ‘This is very similar to the proposals refused in May. The reason for refusal has not been addressed or overcome.’