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Thank you to everybody who shared their views on new homes on the records office site, in Museum Road.
We know that taking down the derelict building and replacing it with new homes will affect local people. We wanted to ask as many residents and businesses as possible for their thoughts before we started to put any plans together.
If you’d like to discuss any of this, please call 023 9283 4954 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re also happy to come out to talk to you about this, or you can come and see us at the civic offices. Please contact us if you’d like to make an appointment.
Having collected your views, we’ll now start to work on designs for the housing that we’ll build on the site.
We’ll bring these plans to you when they’re ready, so we can consult with you again.
Some of the key themes that came out of our conversations with the local community are listed in the next section. We’re going to use all of the feedback you gave us, and this list, to help us to put together options for the future.
Based on what you have told us, we will:
Also based on what you have told us, we won’t:
We asked people the following four questions:
People who weren’t available during the home visits or the public drop-in session could also tell us their thoughts by:
The records office building in Museum Road has reached the end of its usable life. The council-owned building is suffering from major structural issues, including subsidence. Portsmouth planners have identified the site as being suitable for housing.
We can’t leave the site and do nothing with it. It’s costing the council money to keep the current structure safe, and this project is an opportunity to provide much needed housing.
There’s a huge shortage of housing in Portsmouth. We have more than 2,000 people on our housing waiting list, first time buyers are finding it increasingly difficult to afford growing property prices, rents and mortgages in the city are higher than many people can cope with, and we don’t have enough specialised housing to help people with their mixed needs. We have a duty to do what we can to tackle that shortage and create mixed, balanced and sustainable communities. This is why we’ve made a commitment to:
We see this as one of our most important responsibilities. One of the many ways we are helping to tackle the housing shortage in Portsmouth is to use our land and assets to build different types of housing.
The records office site is on a list of locations that are suitable for housing. This list is called the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment and is compiled by Portsmouth planners.
The records office site has been included on the list because:
The location would also be ideal for some of the types of housing that Portsmouth needs the most, including accommodation for elderly people. We will NOT build student accommodation on this site.