At a meeting of the Policy & Resources Committee on 16 January, councillors decided to dispose of the vacant 251-253 Preston Road to Southern Housing Group on a 150 year lease. The property near Preston Park Station has been used in recent years by children’s services. which have now moved to Moulsecoomb.
The housing association plans to convert the building to provide 24 flats and build seven new houses in the rear gardens of which 40% would be available at low cost. No planning application has yet been filed.
To aim for seven houses in the back garden seems rather excessive and would result in a pocket of development with a population density quite out of keeping with that of the surrounding area.
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