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Nursing home extension agreed
A SALISBURY nursing home will have more beds and a better layout after a planning committee granted permission to extend despite protests from neighbours.
Residents in homes next to Castle View Nursing Home in Old Castle Road told Wiltshire Council’s southern area planning committee the planned extension would mean the nursing home overlooks their properties and invades their privacy.
Castle View already has permission for an extension, which was granted in 2010, but the owners wanted a different design. The proposal includes an extension at the front as well the demolition of a bungalow annexe at the back to be replaced by two additional wings to the main building.
Reorganisation inside the building means the nursing home will be able to provide five extra bedrooms, to make 30 in total, and access to the garden will be improved.
Local member Mary Douglas said although the footprint of the new design is smaller than that which already has approval; it would mean an increase in mass and scale. She also raised concerns about windows that would be facing the neighbouring houses.
But cllr Chris Devine said: “This is the city, and most of the city is overlooked by houses next to them, and while it’s nice to have a view, it’s not a right in this country.”
The committee voted unanimously in favour of approving the new design with a condition that particular attention is paid to screening on the south side to protect neighbours’ privacy as much as possible.