Churchill Retirement’s plans for a four-storey retirement home on Trinity Street have been well received by councilors for the Borough of Fareham.
The building will accommodate the over 60s with 37 private apartments with communal facilities, landscaping and parking.
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Churchill’s planning documents say the lodge will create an ‘attractive’ development that ‘respects and enhances the character of both the immediate neighborhood and the wider area’.
“Sensitive design, appropriate massing, materials and detailing, and an attractive landscaping scheme will enhance the urban fabric and provide a high quality building on this Fareham site while protecting the amenities of neighboring owners.”
Cllr Katrina Trott said it was a ‘relief’ for the ‘disgusting’ building to be replaced with bricks ‘which belong to Fareham, not white paint’.
Agreeing, Cllr Ian Walker, chairman of the planning committee, said: “I’ve said it before, it was the most disgusting building, I think it could have won an award.”
“The only comment I would make, and you sort of alluded to it, it’s going to be brick, it’s just a shame it’s not red brick – I’d love it to be red brick Fareham type.”
Cllr Ford said he had known the ‘appalling’ court intimately ‘for many, many years and I think from the day it went up it should come down again’.
Cllr Trott said that when the Ministry of Justice closed the court she asked the council’s housing department if they could buy the land for ‘much needed affordable housing’.
Cllr Hockley told the committee she also hoped the land could have been used ‘for people to live in a sustainable place with reasonable rent’.
Councilors voted unanimously in favor of the proposal.