Former dementia care home in Portsmouth to become shared house

A FORMER dementia care home in Portsmouth will be redeveloped into a 12-bed shared house.

By Fiona Callingham
Thursday, 19th December 2019, 11:07 am
Updated Thursday, 19th December 2019, 4:07 pm
Spinnaker Lodge pictured in 2018. Picture from Google Maps
Spinnaker Lodge pictured in 2018. Picture from Google Maps

This week councillors approved plans to transform the disused Spinnaker Lodge in London Road, Hilsea, into a house in multiple occupation (HMO).

As a result the building’s capacity will be increased from 11 to 12 bedrooms – all with ensuite bathrooms – as well as a kitchen and dining area and laundry room.

The application attracted objections from nearby residents who had concerns it would affect on-street parking.

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Speaking at the planning committee meeting on December 18, Councillor Terry Norton voiced those fears. He said: 'So there are 12 bedrooms with potentially 24 cars and only one parking space.

'How would they decide who got that space?'

However, Cllr Donna Jones said: 'We are always worried about parking but I'm sure as a care home it gathered more cars with the patients, relatives, doctors and nurses coming and going.'

Speaking on behalf of the applicant at the meeting, Robert Tutton, said: ‘It is right on the route of a regular bus service. It’s a very sustainable location.

‘Transport planning is satisfied that an HMO would not have a material impact on parking.’

Councillors agreed they would likely lose if they refused the application and it went to appeal.

Cllr Steve Pitt said: 'We would absolutely lose this on appeal.'

Four voted in favour of the application and three against.