Plans to build flats are given green light

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PLANS to build five and six-storey flats on the site of a former cinema have been given the green light.

Portsmouth City Council’s planning committee unanimously backed the redevelopment of the derelict land off Cosham’s High Street.

First Wessex can now press ahead with putting two buildings housing 46 flats on what used to be the home of the Carlton Cinema before it was flattened in 2011.

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Lib Dem committee member, said the tall buildings would be in keeping with the area.

‘There are a lot of other buildings about the same height in the high street anyway,’ he said.

‘It’s a derelict site that has been derelict for almost five years.

‘For people with low incomes it’s really important to have decent housing.’

The plans for the flats include 24 parking spaces, one of which would be a disabled bay.

More won’t be included due to the properties being near public transport.