Council ‘powerless’ to stop Portsmouth care home development

OPPOSED MP Penny Mordaunt
OPPOSED MP Penny Mordaunt

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COUNCILLORS have admitted they are powerless to prevent a care home being built on an empty garage plot, despite turning down the latest plans.

Southampton-based Blue Water Nursing Home wants to build a 48-bed nursing home on the derelict Elf garage site in Southampton Road, Paulsgrove.

In August last year, councillors rejected the scheme, but the firm won permission on appeal to the government.

But the new plans were turned down by the city council as they would have seen the second and third floors extended, filling in a ‘step effect’ in the original design, which was specifically praised by the planning inspector.

Committee chairman Cllr Darron Phillips said: ‘I voted against this last time, and I will do again.

‘But the fact we are refusing this doesn’t mean a home won’t be built here.

‘The company has permission from the inspector and it will be allowed to build. It’s only this specific plan we have rejected.’

Portsmouth North’s Tory MP Penny Mordaunt opposed the scheme.

In a letter, she told the committee: ‘Residents are concerned about the appearance of the proposed building, which is in a prominent position.

‘They fear it would dwarf local properties, and overlook a number of residential houses, and be out of keeping with the local area.’

Lauren Jarron, of Blue Water Nursing Home, said: ‘The home will provide a much-needed quality care facility for people in the north of Portsmouth.’