Rebuilding of Emsworth care home is turned down

Care home plan set to be refused

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PLANS to extend a care home in Emsworth were refused by a council – over fears the revamp was on an ‘industrial scale’.

The owner of Merok House Rest and Convalescent Home in New Brighton Road, applied to Havant Borough Council to demolish the existing extensions and build new extensions to bring the accommodation up-to-date.

The changes would increase the number of residents from 18 to 30.

But residents were worried about the impact of noise and the overbearing nature of the extensions.

One resident, Mr Smith, told the planning committee: ‘We think it’s likely to be claustrophobic. These plans will have a very serious adverse impact on the quality of our lives.’

Emsworth Cllr Colin Mackey, making a deputation, said: ‘Effectively 24/7 they could be disturbed by noise of an unannounced variety coming from Merok House.’

Cllr Richard Brown, who sits on the committee, said: ‘The thing that persuades me to allow it is it’s going to be an improvement for the elderly residents.

‘That must be a blessing to live out their final days in what is the best they can get.’

But Cllr Rory Heard said: ‘This is an almost industrial scale in a non-industrial area.’

Cllr John Smith added: ‘I think this is too much for what I think residents should bear.’

Four councillors voted against the plan, with two in favour.