Developers plan to build 88 new flats in Fratton’s Venture Tower

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PLANS have been unveiled to redevelop an iconic tower into student flats.

Bellstan Properties Ltd are bidding to turn Venture Tower in Fratton Road to provide a total of 88 flats in addition to student communal spaces, a games room, a gymnasium and a landscaped roof terrace.

The plans, submitted to Portsmouth City Council, would see a substantial redevelopment of the existing building with the flats built between the first and the eighth floor.

The common room and roof terrace would be constructed on the third floor.

A total of three car parking spaces would be proposed in addition to 36 cycle spaces.

Portsmouth Cycle Forum have objected to the plans on the grounds of cycling provision.

A statement from the group said: ‘If the developers are genuinely interested in encouraging active travel, they are likely to need more than 32 bike spaces. It is obvious that cycling would be more attractive than walking.’