MP backs campaign opposing Portsmouth nursing home

MP Penny Mordaunt
MP Penny Mordaunt
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NEIGHBOURS fighting to stop the construction of a huge care home in Portsmouth have won the support of their MP.

Penny Mordaunt says she shares residents’ concerns about a proposed four-storey nursing facility on Southampton Road, in Paulsgrove.

The high-density development was originally refused planning permission by Portsmouth City Council – but this decision was overturned by an inspector who didn’t visit the city. More than 200 names were collected in a petition organised by local people opposed to the height, parking facilities and location suggested by developers.

Ms Mordaunt, Conservative MP for Portsmouth North, said: ‘It is quite wrong that residents should be shut out of the planning process. If a development is not required and is not going to benefit Portsmouth, why should local people not have a say in whether it goes ahead?’

The nursing home will have 48 bedrooms, 30 staff members, and space for 14 cars and a mini bus to park.

Tony Budd, partner in Waterlooville-based firm The Project Support Practice, which designed the building, said: ‘We don’t want to upset residents, but I do feel in time this building will come to be seen as an asset to the area, rather than an eyesore.’