Planners give go-ahead to new care home to be built in Hampshire

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A LARGE nursing home is set to be built at the heart of a new 3,000-home estate on land between Denmead and Waterlooville.

Councillors at Winchester City Council have approved plans for an 82-bed care home on land at Old Park Farm, Hambledon Road.

The planning committees of both Winchester and Havant councils have also given the green light to plans for 37 extra care units, which will provide homes for the elderly who want to stay independent but still need medical care.

The development is the latest addition to the Waterlooville Major Development Area, which is currently being built in stages by developers Grainger and Taylor Wimpey.

However, Denmead Parish Council objected to the location of the care home because it said it would be too close to an access road for Waterlooville’s new £1m household waste recycling centre, which is set to open next year.

The council was worried about fumes and noise affecting residents.

But Taylor Wimpey, the applicant, has said the distance from the road would be a minimum of 14 yards and trees would be planted.

Neil Lander-Brinkley, chairman of Denmead Parish Council, said: ‘We can’t change our view that it’s too close to the main road that goes down to the household waste recycling centre, and given the size of the commercial area they had to choose from, it’s disappointing.’

The nursing home will create more than 80 jobs.

Cllr Elaine Shimbart, who sits on Havant’s planning committee, said: ‘I think it’s essential. We have an ageing population, especially in the Cowplain and Waterlooville area.

‘There’s a strong need for a care home and for accommodation for people who are still wanting to be independent, but still need a certain amount of care.’

Taylor Wimpey is now well on its way to building the 450-home Dukes Meadow estate next to the care home.