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Portsmouth Scheme Recommended for Approval

Posted by Richard Ward

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A huge block of purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) in Portsmouth has been recommended for approval.

Ahead of a planning committee meeting, a report published in response to a 28-storey PBSA scheme has suggested it should be granted planning permission. Put forward by Fusion Students, the report said the development would make a positive and distinctive contribution to the city centre and set a benchmark for future regeneration.

Containing 591 beds, the part seven, part 21 and 28 storey building would be the second tallest residential building in Portsmouth.

Those against the scheme, including local shopkeepers, are concerned it could mark the end of the high street. However, the developers are intending to include shop units to ensure Arundel Street remains active.

The report also said the site had previously been earmarked as an area of opportunity for taller buildings.