CAMPAIGNERS are supporting plans to turn a former pub into a six-bedroom care home for people with severe learning problems.

Dolphin Homes has submitted an application to convert the White Hart in Portchester, which closed in 2011 and was turned into a convenience store before becoming a bathroom showroom.

The building, part of a conservation area, was constructed in the 1950s to replace a previous pub.

As reported in the Daily Echo, the ground floor and part of the first floor will be turned into a care facility if the scheme is approved.

The application says: "A modest single-storey rear extension is proposed together with the installation of patio doors that would provide access to a small garden for each of the six bedrooms.

"Furthermore, a communal garden and planting would be established within the existing car park.

"The proposed users would be adults with severe learning disabilities. All of the residents would require 24/7 care and there would always be members of staff on duty.

Fareham Borough Council has received a letter from the Portchester Civic Society, which says the facility would be an asset to the community.

It adds: "The visual aspect from Castle Street and White Hart Lane would be greatly enhanced, with the low shrub planting and garden, facing the junction in that section of the current car park."

The council has received a similar latter from the Portchester Society.

It says: "The Society is in favour of this development as it is good use of the existing building and will enhance the look of the area.

"Traffic flow will be limited to the staff and visitors so will be less than when the building had commercial uses."

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