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HARRY Redknapp’s plans to sidestep building affordable homes on Southsea seafront will be debated today.

Portsmouth City Council’s planning committee meets at 3pm, to decide whether the former Pompey boss’ firm, Pierfront Developments, should be able to change its legal agreement to make 28 of the 91 apartments planned for the site affordable.

Instead, the firm has offered £400,000, on top of £100,000 it already paid as part of an earlier agreement, for the council to spend on low-cost homes elsewhere.

The proposal would allow Mr Redknapp to break city council regulations, which say a third of all new homes built in Portsmouth must be made available at low cost to first time buyers.

But the council’s planning officers have also admitted the policy can be dropped for certain developments, if they will make no more than a 23 per cent profit.