New plans put in for development behind Portsmouth hotel

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A FRESH proposal has been submitted to build on land behind a hotel in Portsmouth.

PLC Architects, which is based in Southsea, had wanted to build a four-storey building on Tonbridge Street, with a ground-floor coffee shop and six flats.

But this scheme was rejected by Portsmouth City Council after it said the appearance of the building would not fit in with the surroundings.

Now the company has put in a new bid but with a healthcare clinic instead of a coffee shop, saying that changing the ground-floor use will be more appropriate for the surrounding environment.

It has also said that the ‘scale of the proposed development will have an appropriate relationship to the surrounding buildings’.

The number of flats would be the same and a plan for a bike shed remains.

But after receiving strong objections from residents for the initial proposals, the future of the site looks uncertain.

Mark Tabor, a resident from nearby Portland Court, said: ‘I’ve lived in my flat for three years and I have a strong objection to this project.

‘The plans cannot be viewed in isolation but must be looked at in conjunction with the developers plans for the Portland Hotel as too many potential planning issues are raised.

‘The build would cause considerable nuisance to the residents of Portland Court during the build and once in use.

‘It would also take away valuable parking from Southsea and the Portland Hotel.’

The site has been empty for years and some residents feel a change is need.

Fiona McMurray, from Southsea, said: ‘This is an interesting development proposal.

‘An infestation of what appears to be Japanese Knotweed has been growing for many years, with the site having been closed for a number of years.

‘No work has been undertaken to restrict or control its spread.’

The bid will be discussed by the council’s planning committee at a date to be confirmed.