Developer set to appeal as care home is refused

An artist's impression of the proposed Beech Tree House care home.
An artist's impression of the proposed Beech Tree House care home.

The chairman of the company behind plans for an 88-bedroom residential care home, which was refused by the planning committee, has vowed to appeal the decision.

Despite being recommended for approval by officers, councillors voted 5-1 against the scheme, which was to construct a three-storey building at the former Arriva bus depot on Lisburn Terrace, Alnwick.

The application, submitted by DAV Developments, part of the Malhotra Group, was booted out for a number of reasons.

Objecting councillors claimed the building was inappropriate for its setting and locality by virtue of its height, mass and design.

They also said that it would be a more institutional form of accommodation, which would not support independent living and would therefore be contrary to emerging policy, and it would generate increased demand for medical services which couldn’t be provided in-house.

Afterwards, Meenu Malhotra, chairman of the Malhotra Group, said: “We are disappointed, especially when it had been recommended for approval. We are in the process of appealing and we hope common sense prevails in the end.

“This state-of-the-art facility is badly needed. We would be investing £10million and creating jobs.”