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THE public will soon be given a first glimpse of plans to turn a former convent site into 84 homes.

Sacred Heart Church, in London Road, Waterlooville, recently reopened after a £2.6m redevelopment.

Now Linden Homes wants to convert the vacant former St Michael’s Convent which used to be the base for Sacred Heart Church into 17 apartments with a further 67 homes in the surrounding grounds.

The church part of the building will be retained.

Michael O’Brien, Linden Homes’ director of planning and design, said: ‘We recognise the sensitivities surrounding the development of this site and have worked hard to reach this stage of the project.

‘We consider that our proposals present an excellent opportunity to secure the future of this site, bringing it back into positive use to help address local housing needs.

‘The plans we are developing would also safeguard the former Sacred Heart Church and we are presently exploring potential future uses for this building.

He added: ‘We value feedback in the development of all our proposals and hope that neighbours will take the time to attend our exhibition on Monday.

‘We look forward to discussing our plans for this site and to hearing local views.’

The plans will be on show at the Parish Centre next to the convent from 4pm to 8pm on Monday

Call 0800 298 7040 if you are interested but cannot make the meeting.