New care home gets the go ahead

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PLANNING permission for a new 27 bed residential care home has been narrowly approved by the southern area committee.

The application split the committee - with five councillors in favour and five against - and chairman, Cllr Fred Westmoreland used his casting vote to settle the matter.

The care home will be built at Fowler’s Hill, which is part of the Salisbury conservation area, and will see the demolition of a Victorian era town house.

During a fierce debate Cllr Chris Devine argued the need for residential care homes took precedent over the historic interests of the area.

He said: “The benefits to the public of building a new residential care home should be taken into consideration.

“There are also 10 new jobs that will be created so there is a vested public interest in building this care home.”

The home was opposed by the Labour members of the committee and Cllr Ian McLennan said more should be done to protect the city’s historic buildings.

“Officers seem happy to nod these commercial developments through,” he said.

“Do they have to develop a building that is in a conservation area?”

Cllr McLennan also questioned figures relating to the need for more residential care homes by 2026, saying that other developments already planned would be sufficient.

Cllr Westmoreland said the building is due to be demolished, is not integral to the area and described it “as infill from the original development”.

Local company Wessex Care, which provides care services on the council’s behalf, is behind the plan.

It already runs residential care services at number 2 Fowler’s Hill and wants to demolish the neighbouring property, rebuilding a second care home in its place. Councillors praised the work of Wessex Care and, with Cllr Westmoreland’s casting vote, agreed to allow the development to proceed.

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5:09pm Fri 15 Aug 14

John Wigs says...

Care Homes are becoming an issue! Senior people like their independence
but it is the size of the place that get them down! Like all sites, they now have to have amongst its plans are Social housing allocation. Would it not be better to instruct planners that a number of small bungalows also be allocated?
When Planning votes get to this level, neither side wins! The fact that this one is in a residential area and a valued Victorian house is involved
is a poor move! Some hate conservation I know!
Amesbury, is growing at a fast rate and the numbers around the area is also known, it will grow rapidly! What have they done? Given permission for housing right bang in the centre! This is not planning wisely and is not good for Amesburys future growth, a very poor move! Start listening to your voters Councillors!
Care Homes are becoming an issue! Senior people like their independence but it is the size of the place that get them down! Like all sites, they now have to have amongst its plans are Social housing allocation. Would it not be better to instruct planners that a number of small bungalows also be allocated? When Planning votes get to this level, neither side wins! The fact that this one is in a residential area and a valued Victorian house is involved is a poor move! Some hate conservation I know! Amesbury, is growing at a fast rate and the numbers around the area is also known, it will grow rapidly! What have they done? Given permission for housing right bang in the centre! This is not planning wisely and is not good for Amesburys future growth, a very poor move! Start listening to your voters Councillors! John Wigs
  • Score: 3

7:55am Sat 16 Aug 14

gingin says...

One has to ask do councillors and officers understand what a "conservation area" means? Or do they just take a written report from someone who used to work for the council and disregard anything else?

Chris Devine speaking drivel again. Conservation should always be taken into account. Where does it state that care homes take precedent over historical interests of an area> is that in a planning policy or written in the Core Strategy if so please give the evidence. Or is that Chris Devine's personal opinion?
One has to ask do councillors and officers understand what a "conservation area" means? Or do they just take a written report from someone who used to work for the council and disregard anything else? Chris Devine speaking drivel again. Conservation should always be taken into account. Where does it state that care homes take precedent over historical interests of an area> is that in a planning policy or written in the Core Strategy if so please give the evidence. Or is that Chris Devine's personal opinion? gingin
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8:37pm Sat 16 Aug 14

IanMcL says...

It was not a political party defending the conservation area and a particularly important building, it was the local councillor and a fellow councillor on planning who wished to defend the building, as there are other places for commercial companies to provide care homes, without the necessity of destroying an important building in the process.

Other councillors saw the argument and the vote was levelled. Sadly, the chairman twice saw fit to use a casting vote against the local member's wishes for his ward.

That's planning for you.
It was not a political party defending the conservation area and a particularly important building, it was the local councillor and a fellow councillor on planning who wished to defend the building, as there are other places for commercial companies to provide care homes, without the necessity of destroying an important building in the process. Other councillors saw the argument and the vote was levelled. Sadly, the chairman twice saw fit to use a casting vote against the local member's wishes for his ward. That's planning for you. IanMcL
  • Score: 2

12:30pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Grampie says...

Why is it that Conservatives say they want to conserve things, or in many cases turn the clock back, until somebody wants to make money, such as knocking old buildings down?
Why is it that Conservatives say they want to conserve things, or in many cases turn the clock back, until somebody wants to make money, such as knocking old buildings down? Grampie
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