NEWS that plans to build a 65-bed care home in Studley have been given the go ahead brought an angry response from Studley Parish Councillors on Tuesday, January 8.
The development – which will charge its residents up to £1,400 a week – will be on the Namco Tooling site between Pool Road and New Road.
Parish Councillors had repeatedly objected to the plans which had also been thrown out by Stratford District Council planners.
They argued what the village needed was more homes for local residents rather than a care home that no one locally would be rich enough to use.
They also feared an increase in traffic from staff and visitors going to the site.
However the developer Frontier Estates (Studley) Ltd took the case to appeal and planning inspector Rory Cridland, who could only look at the development in purely planning terms, rather than social need, granted it.
It didn’t help Stratford Council’s case that, having objected to the development due to highway safety and parking, the 26 on-site spaces and ten cycle spaces actually exceeded its own district-wide suggestion for developments.
“I have found the proposal would not negatively impact on the character and appearance of the surroundings or have a negative impact on highway safety,” said Mr Cridland.
“No other harm has been identified and, as such, I find it accords with the development plan when taken as a whole.”
Coun Paul Beaman, who was chair of the parish council when it first rejected the plans, said: “We are very disappointed that a prime housing site is being used for this development when there is no identified need for it in the village.
“This is a speculative development which has no benefit for the village. No one from Studley will be able to afford to live there and it will mean extra traffic coming in and extra strain on our resources.”
The planning inspector also gave the go-ahead for outline planning permission for ten houses on the same site adjacent to the care home.