Emsworth nursing home extension bid

A HOME is bidding to increase the number of residents it can care for.

An application to extend and modernise Merok House Rest and Convalescent Home, in New Brighton Road, Emsworth, is set to be considered this week.

Members of Havant Borough Council’s development control committee will debate the application on Thursday (September 12).

The proposals include a three-storey side extension, a two-storey side extension, infill of the central courtyard, internal alterations and additional parking.

The changes would allow the care home, which opened in 1970, to increase the number of residents it cares for from 22 to 30.

Six residents have written to the council to object to the scheme.

They raised a string of concerns including ‘undesirable urbanisation’ of backland garden, over-development, increased nuisance from residents and loss of light.

However, officers have recommended the scheme is approved.

They said the new extensions would replace an existing ‘unattractive’ one from the 1960s and addressed a need for ‘good-quality’ accommodation.