PLANNING chiefs are studying an application to turn part of a Southampton office block into a new facility for Solent University.

Cambridge Education Group (CEG) is seeking consent to convert the first, second and third floors of Imperial House in Kings Park Road, Southampton.

Imperial House is a four-storey office building in Kings Park Road, part of the Bedford Place Quarter.

According to CEG the site is near several bus stops used by students at the university. It also boasts strong pedestrian links to the University Quarter, approximately 200 metres from Imperial House.

The application concedes that the proposed conversion will result in the loss of office space but says the scheme will produce "clear economic benefits".

It adds: "The proposals will bring back into use an available building which stands vacant, whilst providing opportunity for expansion for Solent University.

"There has been a significant level of office development to the west, offsetting any significant impact from its loss.

"The proposals offer opportunity for inclusion of a university building within the office area and strengthen the link between Solent University and the prime office area.

"Given the anticipated shift towards home working, the proposals offer an alternative, future-proof use, as opposed to the building remaining vacant."

The scheme is outlined in a Public Notice published by Southampton City Council, which will decide the application.

Here is a round up of other Public Notices giving details of planning applications, temporary closures and other changes affecting communities in the area.

Road closures:

Southampton City Council is closing Seagarth Lane for ten metres either side of its junction with Seagarth Close from July 26 to allow ducting works in the carriageway. The works are due to be completed by August 1.

Southampton City Council is closing the eastbound lane of Brunswick Place between its junctions with Kings Park Road and Charlottes Place Roundabout from July 30 (10pm-6am) to facilitate a crane operation. The works are due to be completed by August 1.

Southampton City Council is closing a 50-metre section of Pointout Road south of its junction with Winchester Road from July 26 to allow the removal of carriageway blockages. The works are due to be completed by July 29.

Licensing applications:

Richman Brick & Stone Ltd is applying for a licence to use Unit 6, Chalcroft Distribution Park, Burnetts Lane, West End, as an operating centre for one goods vehicle and one trailer.

Keith Best, trading as SafeScaff UK Ltd, of 29 High Street, West End, is applying for a licence to use D F Miller Haulage, Deacon Trading Estate, Eastleigh, as an Operating Centre for one goods vehicle and one trailer.

lonut Ciobanescu, trading as Edmar Logistics Ltd, of 16 Salt Lane, Salisbury, is applying for a licence to use First Avenue, Southampton, as an operating centre for one goods vehicles and one trailer.