MP backs campaign opposing Portsmouth nursing home

MP Penny Mordaunt
MP Penny Mordaunt
Pupils from Queen's Inclosure Primary School in Waterlooville who have donated their shoes to children in Africa.  Pictured, from left:  Lily I'Bell (8), Scarlett Bugler (10), Lucia Aldred (9) and (front) Lily Bugler (5).  Picture: Sarah Standing (170967-5871)

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NEIGHBOURS fighting to stop the construction of a huge care home in Portsmouth have won the support of their MP.

Penny Mordaunt says she shares residents’ concerns about a proposed four-storey nursing facility on Southampton Road, in Paulsgrove.

The high-density development was originally refused planning permission by Portsmouth City Council – but this decision was overturned by an inspector who didn’t visit the city. More than 200 names were collected in a petition organised by local people opposed to the height, parking facilities and location suggested by developers.

Ms Mordaunt, Conservative MP for Portsmouth North, said: ‘It is quite wrong that residents should be shut out of the planning process. If a development is not required and is not going to benefit Portsmouth, why should local people not have a say in whether it goes ahead?’

The nursing home will have 48 bedrooms, 30 staff members, and space for 14 cars and a mini bus to park.

Tony Budd, partner in Waterlooville-based firm The Project Support Practice, which designed the building, said: ‘We don’t want to upset residents, but I do feel in time this building will come to be seen as an asset to the area, rather than an eyesore.’