Building plans for Kingston Prison approved

The Planning Committee at Portsmouth City Council has approved City & Country‘s development of 230 new homes at the site of the former Kingston Prison.

The consented scheme will see the Grade II listed cell block restored and converted into apartments. The proposals also include the retention of the listed walls and gatehouse, which will feature a small café.

This is the first significant prison conversion into residential in the UK that City & Country is aware of, and is the first of our four prisons to gain planning permission.

Before the application was submitted to Portsmouth City Council the local community was invited to a series of public consultation events, with over 5,000 residents and community representatives attending and providing feedback on the evolving proposals.

Richard Winsborough, Associate Director for planning at City & Country, said:Restoring these buildings was of paramount importance to us when we purchased Kingston Prison and we are pleased that members at Portsmouth City Council recognised the need of delivering a new future for the redundant site.

As well as providing fantastic, characterful new homes, the development will open up the prison to the wider community and enable the enjoyment of these magnificent buildings for years to come.”