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AN urgent meeting has been called to discuss plans to turn two large homes into retirement flats.

Churchill Retirement Living want to build three and four-storey blocks in East Cosham and Drayton.

The first site is on the corner of Camarthen Avenue and the second is on Havant Road extending up East Cosham Road.

Both of the developments would see the demolition of the houses.

A meeting has been arranged at the Church of the Resurrection, Penrhyn Avenue, Drayton for 7.30pm on Monday to discuss the plans.

David Wooller, of Havant Road, said: ‘There is strong neighbourhood opposition to both developments and with two existing sites Atkinson Court and Nightingale Court on the opposite side of the road which still have vacant apartments do we really need these developments.

‘The destruction of large family homes and gardens will take away the character of the area and convert it into more of an inner city area.

‘If these large houses are to be pulled down wouldn’t the plots be better served with three-plus bedroom homes, which are also dwindling in the city?’