Decision due on 44 bed student nurse accommodation building near Queen Alexandra hospital

Councilors will decide this week whether to go forward with plans to build student accommodation for aspiring nurses near Queen Alexandra Hospital. Located along Spur Road, the site is positioned around the busy roundabout off the A27, A397 and A3.

Developers Clockhouse (2017) LTD have said in their updated planning statement that their aims are: “To provide excellent high quality student accommodation which ensures that student nurses from all over the UK and overseas have an excellent place to live, study and work.”

The plans indicate the seven storey building in Portsmouth will comprise of 44 study studios and associated facilities for student nurses to live in. The plan suggests that more accommodation is needed to house a number of student nurses working on rotation.

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Since making the original application over three years ago, the developer’s plans have come under scrutiny over concern about proposals for deliveries to the site, the provision of communal space for students, and how to keep the basement level accommodation safe from flooding.

In a ‘Student Management Plan’ updated in May 2021, the developers confirmed “each floor above the basement will have a communal area intended for occupants of that floor”. They also addressed the delivery concerns highlighting that “deliveries will be accepted between the hours of 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday (not at weekends/bank holidays) unless unavoidable and specifically pre-arranged.”

However, whilst outdoor space has been allocated for communal gardens, there are currently no provisions for parking spaces. A transport assessment indicated the site would be “car free” as there is local public transport and the hospital is next door and therefore requires no commute.

Councilors on Portsmouth’s Planning Committee will discuss the layout, scale and design of the plans at a meeting on Wednesday (April 13). Should approval be given to the plans the council would still need to sign off on the scheme.

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