Park Gate elderly flat complex gets councillors’ approval

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COUNCILLORS have approved plans to knock down six residential homes to build a housing complex for the elderly.

Fareham Borough Council’s planning committee has given the go-ahead to Churchill Retirement Living Ltd’s plans to build a single building that will contain 46 flats in Botley Road, Park Gate.

The proposals include 18 parking spaces, which led to a dispute between councillors during the meeting over whether that was enough.

Councillor Peter Davies said: ‘The issue of parking could potentially open up a whole can of worms here.

‘It will lead to disputes between residents.’

His views were backed by Councillor Keith Evans who said that the lack of spaces would lead to an increase of on-street parking in the area.

He added: ‘Park Gate suffers significantly from on-road parking and this will only make it worse.’

Councillor Trevor Cartwright added that the application showed Park Gate was becoming ‘a flat city’ but supported it being passed.

Permission was granted for the proposals after Councillor Nick Walker, the committee’s chairman gave the deciding vote after a tie.