Care home bid for Southbourne is turned down

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a new care home, 40 assisted-living flats and 30 age-restricted homes have been turned down.

Chichester District Council said the plan for land north of Alfrey Close, Southbourne, near Emsworth, would result in an ‘institutional-style building’.

A report said any benefit in meeting housing targets were ‘outweighed by the environmental harm’.

The outline application was for a 60-bedroom care home, complete with a cafe, shop, hairdresser and community cinema, 40 assisted-living apartments and 30 age-restricted houses.

But officials said the development would result in the ‘piecemeal erosion’ of the strategic gap between Chichester and Emsworth.

How traffic would access the site through Alfrey Close was also a concern. Southbourne Parish Council had objected to the plan.