Care home plans could be refused, planners argue

Demolition of a house in favour of a three-and-a-half-storey care home has been recommended for refusal by planners.

Tuesday, 9th October 2018, 11:15 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th October 2018, 4:06 am
A care home could replace the property, right, adjacent to Warren Road. Picture courtesy of Google Earth

Redland Care has applied to build a 60-bed facility in Warren Road, Offington, attracting eight objections from six households.

Concerns include claims the development would be ‘out of scale and proportion’ to its surroundings and increased traffic, while one called for plans to be scaled back.

In its conclusion, a report to Worthing Borough Council’s planning committee agreed a less significant proposal was needed.

The report read: “The proposal would met an established need and provide good quality accommodation. There is no in-principle objection to the proposed land-use.

“Whilst it is understood that cost-effectiveness and site costs have led to the size of the proposed home, it is considered that the harm arising from the size of the proposed building outweighs the benefits.

“The site could accommodate a building of significance but scaling down is required, along with some reconsideration of detailing to provide a more harmonious appearance.”

In addition, the report stated ‘important information’ is required by Highways England and West Sussex County Council’s highways department.

“In the overall balance, it is not considered that the merits of the proposals are outweighed by its impacts and accordingly it it is recommended that the application be refused,” the report concluded.

Councillors will meet to discuss the plans on Wednesday (October 17) in the Gordon Room at Worthing Town Hall at 6.30pm.