Gosport nursery goes to government over planning application refusal

PLAN Redclyffe House in The Avenue, Gosport
PLAN Redclyffe House in The Avenue, Gosport
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THE firm whose plans to build a children’s nursery was turned down by a council has appealed to the government over the decision.

White Horse Child Care wanted to take over Redclyffe House, in The Avenue, Gosport and turn it into a day care centre for up to 86 children.

But Gosport Borough Council’s planning board threw out the plans for a change of use after people living in the road said they were worried about traffic, parking problems and noise levels.

Now an appeal over the decision has been submitted to the government’s planning inspector.

Mariana Perry-Zoupanou, who lives near Redclyffe House, has sent a letter to the inspector urging him to uphold the decision.

She said: ‘Neighbours here who are dead set against it have sent letters to the inspector.

‘This is a contentious issue and I think local people are not fully aware of it.

‘My message to the developers would be to find a more suitable location somewhere else in the borough with more open space for children to play and better parking places for the parents.

‘There’s barely room to swing a cat at Redclyffe House.

‘I would be happy if someone wanted to turn it into apartments or something instead.’

Before the meeting of its planning board, Gosport Borough Council was sent 43 letters from people against the plans and three from those in favour of them.

Those who wrote to the council in support of the scheme said it would bring more jobs to the area and provide much-needed childcare facilities.

Redclyffe House was used as a residential home for elderly people with mental health issues.

It was later used as a doctors’ surgery but closed when the service moved to the Gosport War Memorial hospital.

Ward councillor for Alverstoke, Cllr Mark Hook, said: ‘The residents there have been extremely patient over the years.

‘They have been patient but there comes a time where they are being pushed too far.’

People have until January 3 to raise their objections with the planning inspector.