Second care home plan for Birkdale
PLANNING permission for a Birkdale care home is set to be approved by Sefton Council - just days after the government approved another one on the same road.
Council officers have recommended approving a new facility, which will vary between two, three, four and five storeys high, on the corner of Oxford Road and Westbourne Road. The site is currently surrounded by solid blue fencing and described by residents as an ‘eyesore’.
The application has been submitted by the Athena Group, who run Parklands Lodge in Southport and Abbey Wood Lodge in Ormskirk.
The proposal is a modification of plans which were submitted by the same company in September 2015 and later withdrawn in May 2016.
Last week, the Government approved plans for a care village for up to 104 elderly people on the site of the former blind school on Oxford Road. That proposal had been rejected by Sefton Council, but the decision was subsequently overturned by the planning inspectorate.
The planning application states that the new facility will result in the creation of “a significant number” of full-time jobs.
It states: “The proposal is to create a bespoke care facility that will offer the highest level of accommodation available locally, and to regenerate a site that has been vacant for a number of years
“The proposal is for a part five storey, part four storey, part three storey, part two storey new build. This provides the accommodation required for the care home, whilst being of an appropriate scale within the street-scene.”
In the planning officer’s report, it is stated that objections had been received by 13 neighbouring residents, but there are not sufficient grounds for the refusal of the plans.
It states: “The proposal is acceptable in principle and would remove a vacant site in the West Birkdale Conservation Area. The scheme is of an appropriate scale, massing and design that would not cause harm to the character of the West Birkdale Conservation Area or wider street scene.
“The proposal would cause some harm to No.1a Westbourne Road due to its proximity to a window of a habitable room. However, it is considered that such harm would not be unreasonable when considered on balance.
“The proposal does not raise any other residential concerns both for existing or future residents.”
The plans will be decided at a Sefton Council planning meeting on Wednesday, January 18.
An artist’s impression of the new care home in Oxford Road, Birkdale