Following the disastrous fire last December, a planning application has recently been submitted for their rebuilding.
The site is more formally known as 59 & 61 Langstone Road. The term “Railway Cottages” is something of a misnomer, as the cottages were late 18th century and thus predated the Hayling Billy line by 70+ years. It was just happenstance that they eventually lay close to the line and were, at some point, lived in by railway staff.
The application proposes rebuilding as a single 3 bedroom house. It was apparently the applicant’s original intention, prior to the fire, to seek to convert the cottages into one dwelling.
There are some concerns locally about the height of the new building, the redesign of the porch on the south elevation and the loss of some of the chimney pots. There are also worries that the outside privy, which was badly damaged in the fire might be lost.
We would suggest that, in addition to looking at the various plans, photos and other documents, you take time to read the Design, Access & Heritage Report and consequently have provided a separate link for that, in addition to one for the application as a whole.