A new care home off West Common Road has been approved by the planning inspector after a successful appeal by the operators.
The plans are for a 60 bed facility on the old Hayes Common Bowls Club site behind Burton Pynsent House. The proposals were originally refused by the council who were concerned about the loss of Urban Open Space and highways issues among other factors. However the inspector last week overruled the decision.
The plans also include a new base for CASPA, a local charity working with autistic children, young people and their families.
It is not clear what impact the decision may have on separate plans, by another operator, for a care home on the old ‘Stevensons Heating’ site also in West Common Road. though in their submissions the operators of the appealed scheme cited a significant shortfall in care home beds over the next ten years.
Revised proposals have been submitted for the former trade union headquarters at Hayes Court in West Common Road.
London Square hope to restore the old mansion at Hayes Court and build new houses on the site. They have now removed one of the four contentious houses on the west of the site (and rearranged the layout), close to the boundary with Hayes Common, as well as making changes to the hard and soft landscaping features. The increase in ‘built footprint’ has now reduced from 48% to 28%, and the developers have sought to address the concerns expresses by the planning committee last time, when the original plans were refused because of the effects on the openness of the site and on the common itself.
The proposed restoration of the listed house are of a high quality and the later additions to the site probably won’t be missed, but any form of new build here will be a sensitive issue.
The full plans can be found here and the public consultation period ends on 23rd July. Please also let us know what you think, as we will be making representations to the committee on your behalf.
The proposals for new housing and the refurbishment of the house at Hayes Court have been listed for a hearing at the Development Control Committee on Thursday 8th April.
Council officer have recommended refusal of the application on grounds mainly relating to the impact on the open spaces both within the site, the adjoining common and wider conservation area, for example:
– ‘overdevelopment of this semi-rural site’ leading to ‘inappropriate suburbanisation of the site and harmful impact on … the Urban Open Space’
– the new detached dwellings would have a ‘detrimental impact on the character and setting of the Statutory Listed Building’ (the original house) and would ‘erode the open nature of the site’.
The planning application for the old trade union offices at Hayes Court was submitted at the end of last year.
The proposals are to convert the old house into eight apartments and to build sixteen houses – seven detached and nine ‘mews’ style – in the surrounding grounds. This is a change to the plans seen at the public exhibition where the plans encompassed four detached houses, a terrace of four townhouses and eight mews houses. Another change is that a fourth large detached house is proposed alongside those already planned to the west of the main house, next to the boundary with the common.