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Scheme for care home refused

An artists impression of the proposed Beech Tree House care home.

An artists impression of the proposed Beech Tree House care home.

Plans to turn an empty brownfield site in Alnwick into a care home have been refused.

The scheme, to construct a residential care home with 88 bedrooms in a three-storey building on Lisburn Terrace, was recommended for approval, but was knocked back at last night’s meeting of Northumberland County Council’s north area planning committee.

Before the meeting, a statement from the applicant’s agent, said that the home would provide much-needed quality services in the areas of Elderly Mentally Infirm (EMI) nursing, general nursing and a young physically disabled (YPD) service as well as limited EMI residential services.

But Alnwick Town Council objected to the scheme, saying the design was not in keeping with the location and that the level of parking and external space provided was inadequate.

And the adult services team at the county council also raised concerns, including that additional care-home accommodation in this area of Northumberland ‘is not necessary or desirable’ and ‘care homes offer an institutional form of accommodation, which it is both national and local policy to move away from’.

FULL REPORT IN THURSDAY’S NORTHUMBERLAND GAZETTE

 

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