Student halls could be built in residential area

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COUNCILLORS will decide whether to give plans to build more student accommodation the go-ahead.

Proposals have been submitted to turn the grounds of a former church on the corner of Fawcett Road and Heyward Road, Southsea, into a multi-storey halls of residence with 41 bedrooms.

There would be a doctor’s surgery and a pharmacy on the bottom floor. Despite being previously rejected in 2004, 2007 and 2010, planning officers say the proposals should now go ahead providing it doesn’t have a detrimental impact on nearby residents.

They say similar developments have been given approval.

There would be a condition added that all residents would have to be students.

Portsmouth City Council’s planning committee will debate the matter at Portsmouth Guildhall tomorrow from 2pm.