It was late autumn 2014 when Cala Homes held a public exhibition of its development plans for the police station site in Portesbery Road.
However, wheels sometimes grind slow. We haven’t followed progress blow-by-blow, but we’ve been aware of issues relating to the site, in particular about site drainage. Nevertheless, at the beginning of this year the borough council granted permission for the “Erection of 35 residential units (comprising of 9 apartments in a 3 storey block and a mix of two storey dwelling houses (with rooms in the roof and 3 storey town houses).” [If the brackets in that bit of text seem a little odd, then we apologise. But it’s a direct quote from SHBC.]
As some people have already noticed – you could hardly miss it if you passed the site – work has started.
We doubt that many residents will shed a tear at the disappearance of the building. Its ‘brutalist’ architecture has fallen out of favour.