Nursing home plan for new development is criticised

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PLANS to build an 82-bed nursing home near a village have come under fire.

Developer Taylor Wimpey has submitted plans to build the large nursing home on land at its new 450-home estate Dukes Meadow, off Hambledon Road, between Denmead and Waterlooville.

But Denmead Parish Council has said part of the development encroaches into the Denmead Gap, a stretch of green space designed to stop the village being swallowed up by Waterlooville.

There has also been concern that the nursing home is replacing what was hoped to be valuable jobs for the area.

Taylor Wimpey was originally given permission to develop 22 acres of land for offices and businesses.

Now it has changed direction by setting aside 2.5 acres for a nursing home, as well as 38 homes that will provide supervised care for the elderly.

Cllr David Keast said: ‘With all these houses, I am concerned what it is doing is encouraging more and more people to commute out of the area which clogs up the roads and makes the journey to work more painful.’

But, despite his concerns, he said accommodation for the elderly was needed.

Taylor Wimpey said the care home will help local employment by creating up to 80 new jobs.

A spokeswoman said: ‘The planned care home will help give a boost to the local economy.’