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Minstead Trust hopes to turn Lyndhurst B&B in to care home for people with learning difficulties

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STRICTER vaccination rules have prompted plans by a charity which supports people with learning disabilities to turn a former Lyndhurst B&B into a care home.

The Minstead Trust has submitted an application to the national park authority to relocate residents from Minstead Lodge to Whitemoor House in Southampton Road.

A trust spokesperson explained that prior to the pandemic, Minstead Lodge had been rented out for weddings, events and conferences, alongside its residential use.

Whitemoor House on Southampton Road could become a care home for Minstead Trust (picture: Google)
Whitemoor House on Southampton Road could become a care home for Minstead Trust (picture: Google)

But a new law in November requiring anyone entering a care home to be double-vaccinated meant it would be “trickier” to resume these events.

The accommodation at Whitemoor House would also be better for residents who would be close to amenities and have their own en suites, the spokesperson added.

The planning application stated: “Minstead Trust are looking to lease this property from the soon to be new vendors, Sellwood Charitable Trust, on a long term basis to re-locate our current care home space within Minstead Lodge.”

If approved, nine of the bedrooms will be used for residents, with one for staff. The charity intends to change the current guest lounge into another bedroom at a later stage.

There will be no changes made to the front of the building and the existing eight parking spaces would be retained.

The application was supported by Lyndhurst Parish Council but sparked two objections about overlooking, an increase in noise and the possibility a precedent may be set.

The NPA is due to make a decision in the coming months.

Minstead Trust was set up in 1986 and currently helps more than 200 people with training and work experience opportunities. It runs Furzey Gardens, Minstead Lodge and Hanger Farm Arts Centre in Totton.

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