It looks as if building on this long vacant site is about to begin. After going to appeal, planning consent was finally granted in 2016. Now the hoardings have been moved outwards to the kerb-lines on both Church St. and Portland St. to allow building to the pre-existing building lines along the inner edge of the pavements. The developer pays rent for the use of public land in this way so it can reasonably be assumed he means business.
Artist's impression of the new buildings viewed from top of Church Street.