Bid to extend care home for young disabled people allowed

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Horsham district councillors granted planning permission for an extension to a care home for young people with severe disabilities in the countryside.

Development Control North Committee members voted for the three additional building blocks behind Boldings Brooks and Orchard Lodge Care Centre in Dorking Road, Warnham, at a meeting on Tuesday (September 8).

The complex will provide 30 special care bed spaces for young people from across the region at the Sussex Health Care facility.

Planning officers recommended refusal because of the countryside location.

Members heard discussions over the location with the applicant and West Sussex County Council, which plans the county’s care home provision and did not support the application, were ongoing.

A planning document stated an essential need ‘for the form and level’ of the proposed accommodation had not been demonstrated to ignore a presumption against developments in the open countryside.

Members heard the location was a ‘natural extension’ of the existing facility which has a regional catchment.

The decision was deferred at a previous meeting.

No concerns were raised by Warnham Parish Council.

Peter Burgess (Con, Holbrook West, Horsham Town) said: “The county council have had enough time to bring this policy forward.

“I would strongly support the proposal of ‘let’s just do it’ and not carry on talking about it.”

The proposals were carried with conditions to be brought before the committee and its vice-chairman at a future date.

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