Home demolition plan ‘ not acceptable’
PLANS to demolish a house to create a new entrance for a Camberley care home have been recommended for refusal.
Caring Homes Group, which is redeveloping Kingsclear Nursing Home off Park Road, wants to knock down 92 Park Road and build a wider access road than that currently used between 96 and 104 Park Road.
In its bid, the developer explained that the proposed new entrance would be a metre wider and this would better suit the needs of the 90bed care home. It added that the existing access road would be limited to the occupants of 96 Park Road.
The application will go before Surrey Heath Borough Council’s planning committee today ( Thursday) for a decision.
However, a case officer has advised that it should be refused. In his report, he said: “The loss of the residential unit is not considered to be acceptable, and any highway safety or any other benefits would not overcome these concerns.”
Seven households have objected to the proposals, arguing that they were not included in initial plans for the care home re- development and were unnecessary.
Neighbours also argued it would be counter- productive for the council to allow the demolition of the four- bedroom house, given the shortage of housing in the borough. They added that a family had replaced the nursing home staff who previously occupied the house.
Other grounds for objection included fears of an increased highway safety risk from having another access point off Park Road, particularly with the high level of on- street parking in Park Road.