Home de­mo­li­tion plan ‘ not ac­cept­able’

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - NEWS -

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.

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