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Plans Submitted for Modest Portsmouth Scheme

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Plans have been put forward to demolish buildings on Middle Street, Portsmouth, replacing them with residential flats and student accommodation.

The development would also result in the loss of the former All About Tea factory.

Applicant PVD1 is seeking outline planning permission from Portsmouth City Council for a six to eleven-storey block with 163 flats, 21 student bedrooms and two commercial units.

Just 21 car parking spaces are being proposed, with none allocated to the student halls. However, the scheme would come with 248 cycle spaces across the two developments.

Those apposed against the development include directors of Sunrise Stained Glass, which would be redeveloped as part of the project. They argued the plans represent an over-development of the site that will change the skyline and setting of the city centre.

The student accommodation would be located at 62 Middle Street, whilst the rest of the scheme would be between 32-60 Middle Street.

Permission has previously been granted to build a four-storey building for a 66-bed student scheme between 42-56 on the same street.

Documents submitted as part of the latest application said: "The site, which bridges between the clearly residential massing of Somers Town and the civic and educational buildings of the city centre provides a fantastic opportunity to create a better relationship between these two distinct areas."

"The existing two-three storey building on site does not suit the prominence of the site and does not relate to their immediate context of 22 Middle Street, Trafalgar halls of residence or University of Portsmouth Eldon building."