Plans for a large care facility have come under fire

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PLANS to build a large nursing home and care accommodation on the outskirts of Waterlooville have come under fire.

Councillors will vote later this week on plans to build an 80-bedroom nursing home, together with 48 apartments for the elderly, on land off Hambledon Road.

The plans are part of the West of Waterlooville housing scheme and are attached to the Taylor Wimpey development of 550 homes to the north of the site.

But residents are worried about traffic congestion, noise and the design of the buildings.

Patricia Stallard, a councillor for Denmead, wrote to the authorities after receiving ‘numerous’ complaints from local people about the nursing home’s design.

She said: ‘The sole access to the site is over a road which is sub-standard and has not been adopted by the county council.

‘The additional construction traffic for this site on the road which serves as access to the Household Waste Recycling Centre, plus the residents in the Taylor Wimpey developments and the current construction traffic for houses which will continue until phase 5 is completed in 2016, will generate a series of problems including safety, pollution and noise.’

She added: ‘The design of this building as being a “statement” building similar in appearance to those already along Hambledon Road and which have been much criticised by the public and planning professionals alike as being stark and aggressive, is to be deplored.

‘Residents definitely do not want “more of the same” design which is unanimously disliked and unsympathetic.’

Denmead Parish Council has also objected to the plans, saying the plant room and refuse collection facility is too near existing homes.

Twenty-six parking spaces would be provided.

The apartments for elderly people would include on-site facilities such as hairdressers, an internet area and an activity room.

A planning report says: ‘The application site is identified in the master plan as being suitable for the provision of a landmark building of good quality contemporary design.’

A final decision will be made by a joint planning committee of Havant and Winchester councils. The meeting takes place at The Plaza at 10.30am on Friday.