Plan for large nursing home in major development approved

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PLANS to build a large nursing home and care accommodation on the outskirts of a town were approved.

Councillors voted for the plans to build an 80-bedroom nursing home, together with 48 apartments for the elderly, on land off Hambledon Road, in 
Waterlooville.

The plans are part of the west of Waterlooville housing scheme and are attached to the Taylor Wimpey development of 550 homes to the north of the site.

Patricia Stallard, a councillor for Denmead, pleaded with the combined planning committee of Havant and Winchester councils not to approve the proposals as she had concerns about the design of the nursing home.

She was worried that access for ambulances was round the back of the building.

And she was concerned the timber-clad nursing home would look out of place.

Her deputation to the committee added: ‘It will not be a building to inspire and uplift the spirits of nursing home residents – nor local people – who, in conversations with myself, have made it very clear that they do not like these “cell-like” block buildings.’

Both developments were voted through by the planning committee at The Plaza in Havant.

A planning report stated: ‘The application site is identified in the master plan as being suitable for the provision of a landmark building of good quality contemporary design.’