Plans for a huge 76 bed nursing home in Kingston have been slammed by locals as they say it tries to be like the BBC drama Call the Midwife.
Frontier Estates put forward plans to build to replace five family homes on King Edward Drive in Chessington, but residents said this would “scar the area”.
The developers say there will be 28 bicycle spaces with 24 for staff, as well as 20 parking spaces and a minibus to pick up supervisors for shifts.
But local Chris Rand, who lives behind the development, commented on Tuesday night (Jan.
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He said, “It sounds like Call the Midwife – East End of London in the 1950s, I mean, it’s really ridiculous.”
Chris added, “The scale is way too big. It’s imposing. There will be a scar on the area we live in.
“What if it was a reasonable size and had access to King Edward Drive and hadn’t broken into Kelvin Grove, a street we live on? […] I don’t think I would have too much of a problem with that.
“Our lives will be much worse for this development in its current form.”
Echoing Chris’s comments, Kelvin Grove Resident Nigel Jackman said, “We think the development is opportunistic. We have five absolutely good homes on this location.”
Another local John Dixon said: “This is already a heavily congested and from my point of view a bit dangerous intersection.”
He expressed concerns that children might cross the nearby streets.
However, Damian Wood, Development Director at Frontier Estates said, “These types of developments do not generate the type of traffic that other types of developments generate, and we did a transportation assessment.
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“We can show that the net increase in rush hour is not that big, but 13 additional journeys during rush hour” [per day]. “
Lib Dem Councilor Christine Stewart said, “From my point of view, it’s very dominant and overwhelming.”
City councils said problems with the location included size and loss of territorial character, highway safety, insufficient parking, loss of privacy, light pollution from the nursing home open 24/7, air quality, risk of flooding, pollution and driveway from ambulance to site included.
The builders said there will be parking for an ambulance.
The plans will soon be submitted to the Kingston Council Planning Committee for decision.