Residents rally as home revisits plan to build bedrooms

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CONCERNS have been raised over the extension of a care home after plans were brought back to the table.

The owners of Canford Manor Nursing Home, in Manor Way, Lee-on-the-Solent, want to knock down a house and extend the home with a new 16-bedroom wing.

Similar plans were withdrawn in March but residents are now objecting again to the plans, which will take the home up to 40 bedrooms.

Peter Maxwell, of Manor Way, said: ‘When seen in the context of other privately-owned houses this will look completely out of character.

‘I continue to object on a number of grounds primarily associated with access, parking and building mass.’

In his objection submitted to Gosport Borough Council, which will decide if the plans should go ahead, Mr Maxwell also has concerns about a proposed attic laundry.

He added: ‘In reality the proposed roof space laundry will be a 24-hour laundry.’

He said up to 21 homes in the immediate area would be affected by smells and noises.

Other nearby residents in Westcliff have concerns about the loss of privacy with new bedrooms overlooking existing gardens.

Hampshire Fire Service has also said the proposed single stair access is not recommended .

In documents submitted to the council, the owners say that without the extension the home would struggle to be commercially viable.

It added that requests to stay at the home are being turned down on a weekly basis.

When contacted by The News, people living in Southcliff, where the existing house will be demolished to make way for the extension, said they were not concerned.

Christopher Pearson, of Court Road, said he was pleased the plan to paint the home white was dropped.

But he said: ‘Many of our original concerns remain.

‘A business, such as a care home, makes a certain amount of noise which is greater than would arise from a private dwelling.

‘Our final concern is about the mass and location of the proposed building which would be incompatible with the existing residential use of the neighbourhood and would be harmful to its appearance.’

The care home is a high-dependency nursing home.

The average age of people in the home is 86 and around half of the beds are occupied by people who are in the last few months of their life.