Plans to bring the site of the former bus depot in Alnwick back into use as a residential care home have been revived following an appeal.
The Beech Tree House scheme, for a three-storey building on Lisburn Street, to contain 88 bedrooms as well as associated dining, leisure, treatment, administration and support facilities, was unveiled to the public in March last year.
The bid was turned down by members of the north area planning committee in December, but an appeal by applicant DAV Developments, part of the Malhotra Group, has been accepted and the application approved.
According to the decision notice, Planning Inspector Louise Crosby focused on two issues – the effect on the character and appearance of the surrounding area and whether the form of accommodation would be acceptable and whether there is a need for it.
In relation to the first issue, she concluded that there are a number of different styles of architecture in the area and that a large ‘landmark’ building is needed on the site to balance the TA building across the road.
On the need, she wrote: ‘I am satisfied that going forward there will be an increased need for this form of accommodation in the county and Alnwick is one of the most sustainable towns within it and hence a good location for such a facility’.