Neighbours raise concerns over Portsmouth care home plans

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PLANS to build a huge care and residential home land used for horse grazing in Portsmouth have been met with opposition.

Portsmouth City Council is considering replacing three existing care homes in the city – Edinburgh House, Cosham; Vanguard Centre for Independence, Cosham; and Hilsea Lodge, Hilsea – with one state-of-the-art facility. The new two-storey building would include 60 beds for elderly and disabled residents, 10 beds for people needing physiotherapy and 25 beds for day care patients.

There would also be four extra residential homes under the same roof and 20 car parking spaces outside. The two sites being considered are parts of land used for horse grazing in Farlington, close to the East Lodge Recreation Ground and land at St James’ Hospital, Milton.

Residents in Farlington say they are unhappy at the potential move after the council’s Tory group sent out leaflets asking what they thought.

Bridget Gerry, 66, whose house in East Lodge Park overlooks the land at Farlington, said she was shocked by the plans. ‘This building would spoil the whole area,’ she said.

‘The recreation ground is a beautiful piece of land. This is a community mainly made up of elderly people and we aren’t happy about it.’

The plans were submitted by planning officers to the council’s cabinet for health and social care during the summer. If they are approved by the cabinet they will then go before councillors at a planning meeting.

Cllr Simon Bosher, Tory group leader and ward councillor for Drayton and Farlington, said St James’ Hospital would be a better site.

‘I am uncomfortable about this being put on a playing field,’ he said.

‘It just doesn’t stack up. St James’ Hospital would be the more ideal site given the fact that this facility would be next to a hospital. The council has told me East Lodge Recreation Ground is close to local amenities – but from what I can see there aren’t any nearby. The closest thing to the area is a Tesco Express.

‘It is important that residents are made aware of this now, despite the plans being potentially years away from becoming a reality.’

People can have their say on the plans at a meeting inside St Andrew’s Church, Farlington, on Saturday.