Fire station site care home plans given green light

Artists impression of the proposed plans for Copnor fire station
Artists impression of the proposed plans for Copnor fire station
Emma Sunderland-Hansen, Kiera Baillie, fundraiser Debbie Webb and Rachel Hibbert. Picture: Keith Woodland

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COPNOR’S axed fire station will become a care home after the sceme was wholeheartedly backed by Portsmouth planners.

Proposals for a two-storey, 50-bed building submitted by Sherlock Boswell Architecture impressed members of the city council’s planning committee who gave it their unanimous support.

Praise was heaped on the building’s modern design, which councillors thought still fitted well with nearby buildings, as well as the size of rooms for its elderly residents.

Committee chairman Darron Phillips said it was impressive that the proposed rooms were considerably larger than the minimum required by the Care Quality Commission, instead of trying to cram in as many people as possible.

Cllr Donna Jones agreed and added: ‘I really like it. We see a lot of these kind of applications, and this one is of a very high quality.’

Lib Dem councillor Margaret Foster said the design had a real ‘wow’ factor. ‘It will be delightful to drive down Copnor Road when this is built,’ she said.

When completed the building will be run by Heatherland Healthcare, which is part of the Hampshire-based Brookvale Healthcare group. The group’s chief executive Amir Asaria said he was proud of the plans.

He said: ‘We were very encouraged by the strong support given by the councillors and this has given us further impetus to deliver this landmark project for the citizens of Portsmouth as soon as possible.’

He added: ‘This development will offer high quality care in a carefully designed, custom-built environment which will be able to support the city for a long time.’