Neighbours battle plans for a huge care home

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NEIGHBOURS have launched a campaign to oppose the building of a huge care home in their road.

People living next to the planned site of a four-storey nursing facility on Southampton Road in Portchester, have raised objections to the height, parking facilities and location suggested by developers.

Planning permission has already been refused once for the proposed building, after details were submitted to Portsmouth City Council.

But since then Southampton-based company Blue Water Nursing Home Ltd has lodged an appeal against the original decision and put in two further applications for planning permission.

This has left local man David Lympany, of nearby Farmlea Road, who is organising the campaign, feeling as if the company is going to get its way no matter what the residents do.

'We've told them in no uncertain terms we don't want it here,' said the 71-year-old retired crane driver.

'Don't get me wrong, I've seen the plans and it looks like a lovely building, but this is a residential area.

'It will block the view of nearby houses, as you can clearly see from the plans, and there are enough problems parking around here as it is.

'Our simple concern is that a high-density care home is not right for this site.

'There will be increased noise and traffic and it just generally doesn't fit in here.'

The plans for the nursing home show 48 bedrooms, a predicted 30 staff members, and space for 14 cars and one mini bus to park.

Mr Lympany believes there is not space for this on the site, and has collected well over 100 signatures on petitions objecting to the plans on all three occasions when they were submitted.

But he believes that by putting in one application after another, local people have been left confused about the plans.

He added: 'The council kicked out the first one because they know this area, and I can't fault them for that.'

Donald Boddy , partner in Waterlooville-based firm The Project Support Practice, which designed the building, said: 'We are sympathetic to the objections that have been raised.

'But the Portsmouth Society and a panel of architects were both very happy with the plans when we submitted them.

'And I do not believe the problems residents foresee with parking and noise will materialise.'