Ex­tra time is needed for de­ci­sion on re­tire­ment flats

Coun­cil­lors raise con­cerns over change of use sta­tus and un­der­ground car park plans

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An ap­pli­ca­tion to build the apart­ments on Oval Way has been made to Chiltern District Coun­cil (CDC) by Or­tus Homes LT, and was dis­cussed at a plan­ning com­mit­tee meet­ing last week (Jan­uary 4). The pro­pos­als con­sist of re­de­vel­op­ing the site to an age-ex­clu­sive one, pro­vid­ing two build­ings which con­tain 10 res­i­den­tial apart­ments with un­der­ground park­ing, along with the cre­ation of two ve­hi­cle ac­cesses and the clo­sure of two ex­ist­ing ac­cesses.

Cur­rently, an empty 13 bed­room care home – which ceased op­er­a­tions in 2013 and is called Stow Lodge – sits on the site along with an oc­cu­pied bun­ga­low.

How­ever the com­mit­tee de­cided the ap­pli­ca­tion was not clear on its aims, and have sought ex­tra time to com­ment.

Coun­cil­lors con­cerned over

were whether there should be an ap­pli­ca­tion for a change of use as a re­sult of Stow Lodge’s his­tory – care homes and res­i­den­tial homes re­quire dif­fer­ent plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions.

The parish coun­cil com­ments read: “Chal­font St Peter Parish Coun­cil will be seek­ing ex­tra time to com­ment on this ap­pli­ca­tion to clar­ify whether this de­vel­op­ment has care home sta­tus and whether there is change of use. Also is there un­der­ground park­ing as this is men­tioned in the de­scrip­tion but does not ap­pear to be shown.”

It fol­lows a pre­vi­ous ap­pli­ca­tion for the area which was dis­missed in an ap­peal de­ci­sion in June 2015.

There was gen­eral agree­ment, how­ever, that the lat­est ap­pli­ca­tion was much im­proved from the last and that com­ments had been taken on board, al­though the park­ing sit­u­a­tion was blasted by com­mit­tee chair­man Hazel North as ‘woe­fully in­ad­e­quate’.

She added: “I’d like to wel­come it but I’d also like for it to be com­pletely clear. I think the key point is that there is clar­ity.”

Tony Shin­ner said: “We will sup­port this sub­ject to our caveats and whether there is suf­fi­cient park­ing space.”

District coun­cil­lor John Wertheim, who rep­re­sents the Austen­wood Ward, has called it in for ap­proval.

Ali Maruf, re­gional man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for Or­tus Home’s north Lon­don re­gion, said: “We recog­nise that get­ting older can present chal­lenges. That is why our pro­pos­als for Oval Way have been care­fully de­signed to meet the cur­rent and fu­ture needs of our res­i­dents. Like each of our schemes, it will be con­structed to Life­time Homes Stan­dards and will be a fully man­aged site. This en­sures the apart­ments will be fully adapt­able and flex­i­ble to sup­port our res­i­dents’ con­tin­ued in­de­pen­dence.”

He con­tin­ued: “We are com­mit­ted to work­ing closely with Chal­font St Peter Parish Coun­cil through­out the plan­ning process, and af­ter con­sid­er­ing its feed­back, we are re­view­ing the num­ber of pro­posed on site car park­ing spa­ces in an ef­fort to in­crease the park­ing pro­vi­sion. This is to en­sure the site pro­vides an ap­pro­pri­ate num­ber of spa­ces for res­i­dents, guests and staff.”

Oval Way where de­vel­op­ers hope to build re­tire­ment flats

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