NINETY jobs and a 39-acre country park are to be included in multi-million pound plan to build a care home and bungalows in Titchfield.
The proposal from care provider Minton Group for the village, near Fareham, has been welcomed by villagers.
The company wants to build a 70-bed care home and 39 assisted bungalows and apartments for older people.
It said the care home and bungalows would enable it to provide a 39-acre public park, which would stretch from Cartwright Drive to Mill Lane.
Minton would gift the park, which is the size of 20 football pitches, to Fareham Borough Council which would protect it from further development.
Villagers hailed the plans as it would create a green buffer, as well as restoring the Great Barn, used by the Titchfield Festival Theatre.
Nick Girdler, chairman of Titchfield Village Trust, said: ‘Titchfield would gain a buffer zone which would be in trust forever which we support 100 per cent.’
He said villagers were mindful that another developer could have put in plans which would create a greater negative impact on the village.
He praised the fact that the residential care home, which would be built on land behind the Holiday Inn, would also go some way to meet the demand for elderly residential care in the area.
Minton Group said there is a shortfall of 588 care home bed spaces in the area.
Adam Simpkin, from Minton said: ‘There’s a real need for more care home spaces in the area. Our plans will help meet this important need helping families stay together and older people stay in the community they love.
‘The development is set to unlock huge benefits for Titchfield.’
Kevin Fraser, from the Titchfield Theatre said: ‘We see the development as a very positive move.
‘The proposals are sympathetic and in keeping with the landscape.
‘The proposition that the surrounding land will be turned into a country park is again of benefit to the area.’
A public consultation was held last week and more than 100 people showed up to view the plans. Minton said that 80 per cent of the 100 forms it received at the consultation were positive.
Mr Simpkin added: ‘We haven’t finished our consultation, so if you want to have your say please get in touch.’
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