Campus site could be sold by University of Portsmouth

OPEN TO OFFERS The University of Portsmouth's Langstone Campus
OPEN TO OFFERS The University of Portsmouth's Langstone Campus
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THE University of Portsmouth could sell its campus in Langstone to allow all students to have a base in the city centre.

The Langstone Campus in Milton has accommodation blocks and sports facilities for students and members of the community to use.

But now the university has confirmed it would consider offers for the site to allow all students to be based in the city centre, alongside the other student accommodation there.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for the University of Portsmouth, said: ‘The Langstone Campus, which includes both the university playing fields and student accommodation, is the final remaining student accommodation which is not in the vicinity of the city centre.

‘If the right opportunity arose, the university would consider relocating this accommodation nearer to the main city centre campus.

‘However, the university currently has no active plans to relocate either the student accommodation or the playing fields and no decision has yet been taken.’

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson, council leader and Milton councillor, added: ‘I know it’s their long term aspiration to sell it.

‘We know they will want out at some point.

‘They want to have the presence in the city centre, not out in Milton.’

But Cllr Vernon-Jackson said it’s important the playing fields remain there to be used.

‘What we have done is make sure that when they do sell it, whoever takes it can’t build on the playing fields or the open space,’ he said.

‘They can only build on the bit that’s already built on.

‘It’s better for the students to be closer to the university.

‘Here, the students are on their own campus.

‘People do get a bit worried about them speeding down local roads.

‘But the important thing is that we protect the open space for the future.

‘The university will want to keep the playing fields for themselves.

‘Other groups use them at the moment.’