A DEVELOPER has pledged to pour money into worthy causes in Southsea as its controversial development on the site of the former Savoy buildings takes shape.
McCarthy and Stone’s regional sales and marketing director Julie Ward said the company was committed to helping the area grow.
Ms Ward said: ‘It is part of our ongoing commitment to help the local communities in which we build, which is why it’s such a pleasure to be able to offer our support to deserving organisations and individuals in Southsea.
‘We want to give something back to the community, having recently started work on a new development in the area.’
The block of flats was given the go-ahead in June by the UK planning inspectorate despite fierce opposition from the community.
Campaigners complained the design was not in keeping with the seafront and could affect tourism.
Portsmouth City Council had rejected the application in January, after the firm was accused of using ‘bully-boy’ tactics to try and get its way.
But the inspectorate stepped in after the developer appealed.
Cabinet member for planning, regeneration and economic development, Councillor Luke Stubbs, said the developer’s offer was a positive step.
Cllr Stubbs said: ‘While views on the development were mixed, I’m sure everyone will welcome money being made available to good causes.
‘I urge everyone who has a good idea that will benefit our community to come forward and apply for this money.
‘It’s important that this money is used to support the area.’
McCarthy and Stone bought the land from ex-Pompey boss Harry Redknapp.
The development will include 100 flats as well as a Southern Co-operative grocery store.
Community groups and charities can e-mail requests for cash support to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 30.