Plan to rebuild Walberton care home after Christmas closure

THE owners of a Walberton nursing home which closed two days after Christmas have revealed plans to rebuild it.

The Prestige Group has submitted proposals to redevelop Walberton Place, in Yapton Road.

Prestige’s announcement in late November that it would be closing the home on December 27 prompted families and West Sussex County Council into making a frantic search for new accommodation for the 25 residents.

At the time, a spokesman for Prestige said: “The home was inherited following the collapse of Southern Cross and this brought a difficult set of circumstances, including historic under-investment which we have tried hard to address. The company and its directors have suffered significant financial loss in trying to keep the home open.

“The decision to close the home has not been taken lightly, as our absolute priority is always the people who we care for, their families and our staff.”

Other planning applications in the latest list submitted to Arun District Council in the Gazette area include:

ANGMERING: single-storey extension, William Older Play School, Arundel Road.

ARUNDEL: demolish house and build four-bedroom house with detached garage and a pair of semi-detached houses, one with four bedrooms and detached garage, the other three bedrooms with integral garage and new access (re-submission of AB/126/13), 44 Torton Hill Road.

EAST PRESTON: replace flat roof dormers with pitched roof dormers and extension of dormer to south elevation, 1 South View.

LITTLEHAMPTON: demolish building, retain part of facade on River Road and party wall on south-east boundary; build three-storey building with four four-bedroom houses and open parking on ground floor (re-submission following LU/257/13 – this application affects the character and appearance of the River Road conversation area), Complete Auto Repair Service, 47 River Road.

Extension to steel framed industrial unit, plus overclad brick and corrugated building with finishes to match new extension (re-submission following LU/29/14), Unit 1 Lineside Way.

Loft conversion, 92 Oakcroft Gardens.

Temporary sales area, Plots 25-28, land parcel 1A, Courtwick Lane.

Roof extension, including new single-storey rear extension, 11 Clun Road.

WALBERTON: two-storey rear extension and replace conservatory with a veranda, The Holly, Wandleys Lane.

YAPTON: listed buidling consent application to raise dormer window cills at front and structure required to support main roof, Berri Court, Main Road.

Rear and side extension with front porch, 12 Gladstone Road.