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A PORTSMOUTH city councillor has thrown his support behind residents opposing the building of a care home in their road.

Cllr Jim Patey said he shared the concerns of local people living next to the planned site of a four-storey nursing facility in Southampton Road, Paulsgrove, Portsmouth.

He told The News that their objections to the height, parking facilities and location suggested by developers were entirely justified.

‘At the original proposed height it will tower over the nearby two-storey houses,’ he said. ‘And I submitted an objection stating as much to the planning committee when they rejected the initial application.

‘I know it is working its way through the appeal process at the moment, but I don’t feel it’s suitable for the proposed location, and I have sympathy with the residents’ frustration.’

Planning permission has already been refused once for the proposed building, but Southampton-based company Blue Water Nursing Home has lodged an appeal against the original decision and put in two further applications for planning permission.