Bid to build six flats next to hotel rejected by council

The former Portland Hotel site, in Southsea
The former Portland Hotel site, in Southsea

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PROPOSALS to build six flats on land behind a former hotel in Southsea have been rejected by councillors.

John Pike’s plan for the land next to the Portland Hotel, in Kent Road, would have seen the flats built into a four-storey building which would have seen the ground floor used for office use.

The city council’s planning committee dismissed the plans on the grounds of the proposals not providing parking.

Mr Pike is converting the hotel into 12 flats after receiving planning permission this May.