Southbourne care home complex could help housing shortfall


A CARE home complex would ‘significantly impact’ the view if an appeal is upheld.

Chichester District Council turned down the application for a 60-bedroom care home, on land west of Garsons Road, Southbourne, in March last year.

Hallam Land Management is appealing the decision – hoping the planning inspectorate will give the go-ahead to plans which include a café, hairdressers and cinema.

Speaking at a planning inquiry at Chichester Assembly Rooms, Thomas Hill QC questioned whether Chichester District Council officers accept there is an ‘increasing need’ for accommodation for elderly people.

“There is a shortfall of housing in the Chichester district,” said Mr Hill.

He also said there had been a notable ‘absence of comment’ from local residents regarding the benefits of the care home.

Linda Grange, housing enabling manager at Chichester District Council said the area was ‘relatively affluent’ and thought a lot of people would choose to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.

The landscape of the area was also discussed.

Brian Duckett, chartered landscape architect, said the proposed building is a ‘modern housing development’ which is ‘out of character in the settlement of Southbourne’.

“The scale is inappropriately placed on the edge of the village,” said Mr Duckett.

“A strategic gap is a finite resource. We are talking about 420 metres.”

Mr Duckett said there would be a ‘significant impact’ on the views, landscape and character of the village if the appeal was upheld.

The planning inspectorate will consider the result of the inquiry.