Plans to upgrade the former home of the engineering genius who designed the Spitfire have been unveiled.

The legendary R J Mitchell was working for Supermarine in Southampton when he created the famous fighter aircraft, which played a key role in the Battle of Britain in 1940.

Now, an application to build a single-storey extension to the family home in Russell Place, Portswood, has been submitted.

A statement accompanying the proposal says the detached property was built in 1927, having been designed by fellow Supermarine employee Harold Holmes.

It adds: "The applicant has recently purchased the property and wishes to increase the size of the kitchen to suit the needs of modern day living for a busy family.

"The existing kitchen is more akin to a utility room and lacks any connection to the main house."

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The statement says kitchens have become more of a family space for both cooking and eating, adding: "An opportunity exists to enhance the layout with a simple extension to improve the kitchen space.

"The extension will contain a new kitchen/dining room."

Mitchell lived at the house from 1927 until he died in 1937, aged 42. His widow Florence stayed there for a further three years.

A public notice giving details of the proposed extension has been published by Southampton City Council, which will determine the application.

Here is a round-up of other public notices.

Planning applications:

Change of use from hotel to fully catered student accommodation with up to 99 bedrooms and retention of existing car parking - application number 24/00233.

Installation of new shopfront, 182-183 High Street, Southampton - application number 24/00312.

Two dwellings, landscaping, and boundary wall repairs, land behind 24 High Street, Lymington - application number 24/10225

Single-storey side extension, 13 Wharton Close, East Boldre - application number 24/00294

Livestock building (demolish existing building), Newtown Lane Farm, Newtown Lane, Mockbeggar - application number 23/01292

Barn for agricultural/forestry use - land on south side of Newtown Lane, Mockbeggar - application number 24/00283

Internal alterations to ground floor to create open plan kitchen, 30 Bury Road, Gosport - application number 24/00106.

Veranda and two-storey side extension, 19 Ashburton Road, Gosport - application number 24/0094.

Single-storey side extension to form garage, 21 Richmond Road, Lee-on-Solent - application number 24/00100.

Licensing application: 

Connect It Utilities Services is seeking consent to keep an extra six goods vehicles at the operating centre at Foundation House in Hamilton Way, Hedge End

Road closure:

Part of Hillside Avenue, Southampton, will be closed from April 22 to allow manhole repairs. The works are due to be completed by April 25.