A multi-million-pound renal dialysis unit planned for Fareham has come under fire from residents who claim that it could threaten the future of a family of deer living in the area.

The proposed new facility at Fareham Community Hospital will provide 25 additional dialysis stations and health chiefs say it is needed to provide lifesaving treatment closer for home for 150 patients a week.

There has been an increase in the need for dialysis treatment since the Covid-19 pandemic and the new centre is vital to provide further capacity for those patients.

A new path would link the new buildings with the hospital.

Voicing objections one resident commented: “We have lived opposite the prospective site for the hospital for six years.

“We have watched a family of deer playing in these fields and the family have grown over the years. If these fields are no longer here, where will they go?”

A number of environmental/ecological reports have been carried out and the authorities say the proposals are unlikely to have any adverse impact on the surrounding site.