Neighbours win fight over plans for Gosport care home

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REVISED plans to build a care home in a residential road failed to appease residents and councillors in Gosport.

A proposed development would have seen 12 elderly people housed in Oval Gardens, where a bungalow currently stands.

But councillors voted to refuse planning permission for the care home at a meeting of Gosport Borough Council’s planning board.

It comes after the applicant was refused planning permission last year for a larger development in the same place.

People living nearby said the road is not suitable for a care home.

They were also worried about parking problems and noise.

David Taylor, of Oval Gardens, spoke for his neighbours at the council’s planning meeting.

He said: ‘The size and scale of the property is totally out of character and not appropriate for Oval Gardens.

‘And the houses surrounding it would have been completely overshadowed.’

Ward councillor for the area, Cllr Ingeborg Forder, said: ‘It’s too big and intrusive in the area it’s proposed to be.

‘Both myself and the other ward councillor, Colin Jacobs, spoke up for the residents.

‘They were very worried about parking as well because the road is quite narrow.

‘The applicant addressed many of the initial issues but it still changes the character of what is there.’

The council received 49 letters of objection from residents who opposed the application.

There were also 26 letters of support.

The original application would have seen a larger care home with space for 18 residents.

Robert Tutton, the agent acting on behalf of applicant Chris Caswell, said: ‘This application was two-thirds of the size of the previous one, it addressed the issues previously stated by the council and the officers supported it.

‘But the regulatory board decided to go with the objectors.’

Mr Tutton said an appeal was currently taking place against the council’s decision to refuse the original application.