McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles wish to demolish Purbrook’s ex-Vicarage and redevelop the land for retirement flats. The location of the proposed redevelopment is 38 to 44 London Road, Purbrook.
The Vicarage was built between 1840 and 1868 which makes it at least 147 years old.
If this goes ahead, not only will Purbrook lose a historic building, the businesses currently trading from the proposed redevelopment area will need to close or relocate.
From what I could see, the businesses currently at risk include: Purbrook Garage Services, Purbrook Tyres and Neil James Vehicle Sales.
McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyle’s plans are for 35 car parking spaces for the 42 flats. In total, there would be 61 bedrooms built, this works out at half a car parking space per bedroom. In addition, there is a proposal for two retail units.
If this re-development goes ahead, Purbrook will lose the building associated with the two Grade II Listed buildings over the road; St John’s Church and the former School.
Planning application details for these retirement flats can be found on Havant Borough Council’s Planning Portal: APP/15/00896
Documents of interest in the planning application include:
- Heritage Statement – this document provides background to the location and the buildings of historical interest
- Objection from Purbrook Centre Members Club
- Feedback from residents over concerns on the loss of local businesses and jobs
The video below shows the buildings and businesses that we be demolished if this developer’s plans are given approval,
We’ve also Tweeted to Alan Mak MP asking for help, the conversation is shown below. If you are a Twitter user click the Tweet to join the conversation.
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If you wish to provide comment to Havant Borough Council regarding this developers plans, here are some points you may wish to raise:
- Loss of a historic building
- Lack of provision for resident’s parking under the proposed plans
- Loss of local jobs, and loss of local businesses
- Impact to immediate neighbours and shops
- Increased traffic, pedestrian safety concerns
Then fill out the form below quoting the reference APP/15/00896. Havant Borough Council’s Planning department do want to hear from you and they do want your comments. Let’s not make this lovely old building go the same way as Swiss Cottage?
Update 14th December 2015: Comments are now closed for this application, for the outcome of the planning decision please see this blog post.