We at the Watch Ashore are so sorry to hear this news. There aren’t many places where ex MN Seafarers can feel at home.
A charity supporting former merchant seamen in need could be forced to move from its Alfold home after a £15 million development project was refused on appeal.
Care Ashore was founded in 1920 to assist ex-merchant seafarers and has been established in Alfold.
The big money Springbok Estate application - which would have involved 400 new homes in the village - was submitted to help raise capital to improve the quality of its sheltered accommodation facilities.
The Planning Inspectorate rejected the appeal on December 1 and the charity said it will assess its options, which include moving away.
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Trever Goacher, chief executive at Care Ashore, said: “We are hugely disappointed by this decision.
"The existing facilities at Care Ashore, which provides vital charitable support to seafarers in need, will very soon be no longer able to meet future quality standards.
"We will take time to consider the inspector’s decision and discuss our options for the future with our trustees and development partner.
"We have maintained that if this development does not go ahead, we will need to move to smaller premises elsewhere.
"It’s saddening to once more have to consider a move away from the place we have called home for 70 years, and a disheartening prospect for our residents and staff who are an important part of the Alfold village community.”