No progress on future plans for Portsmouth flats on land owned by Harry Redknapp

An artist's impression of how the Savoy Buildings could look
An artist's impression of how the Savoy Buildings could look
Antonia Wood and her partner Ken Morgan in the kitchen of their home at White Hart Lane, Portchester     Picture: Habibur Rahman

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A DECISION has yet to be made over the future of plans to build controversial retirement flats on Southsea seafront.

The planning inspectorate held a meeting last month to determine whether McCarthy & Stone should be allowed to redevelop land owned by ex-Pompey boss Harry Redknapp.

The company launched an appeal to build on the site of the former Savoy buildings after councillors rejected the proposals, which included space for a shop on the ground floor. The inspector delayed making a decision while submissions were collected from English Heritage.

Portsmouth City Council yesterday confirmed that it is still awaiting confirmation over whether the plans will be approved or not – but a decision could be made by the end of the month.

Campaigners have voiced their disapproval of the flats, saying the design is not in keeping with the seafront and could affect tourism, at a time when the city wants to attract more people.