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Controversial Fernhurst nursing home is facing new battle

Narrow Marley Lane which leads to the nursing home.

Narrow Marley Lane which leads to the nursing home.

OBJECTORS are going back into battle after new plans to extend the Rosemary Park Nursing Home, in Marley Lane, Fernhurst.

There was a storm of protest last summer when Oldercare applied to extend the nursing home and put 20 ensuite bedrooms at the St Magnus specialist unit on the same site.

The South Downs National Park Authority’s planning committee agreed to grant permission for the St Magnus development but turned down the 12 bedroom extension to the nursing home. They were highly critical of Oldercare for its failure to communicate with residents and planning officers.

But now a revised plan has been submitted for 12 ensuite bedrooms at Park House, the specialist nursing facility for terminally ill patients which is part of the Rosemary Park nursing home complex.

The controversial development, accessed via a private road off Marley Lane, has been the subject of a number of plans and appeals in the last ten years.

The owners have been accused of ‘nibbling away’ at the planning authorities.

Objector Anthony Hoare echoed the sentiments of many saying: “The owners of this facility seem just to be nibbling away at the planning authorities with a little bit here and there which on their own do not seem too much but cumulatively amount to a lot.”

Edward Owen added: “It brings no local benefit to the area, looks an eyesore, isn’t suitable for the parkland it sits in, brings excessive traffic to Marley Lane, which is falling apart, and buses in foreign workers who aren’t even from the local catchment area. This needs to stop.”

 

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