Care home plan reduced after concerns highlighted

Residents fear that the amount of development that is being proposed for the village will lead to mo

Residents fear that the amount of development that is being proposed for the village will lead to more pressure on schools - Credit: Archant

A developer has applied for planning permission to build a new 70-bed care home in Brampton.

The proposal, which has been submitted on behalf of Histon-based firm This Land Limited, is an outline application for a care home and residential development off Thrapston Road.

The application site is currently part of a small farmstead bordered by the A14 to the north and Thrapston Road to the south.

The farm was most recently in use for grazing but is now vacant.

The proposed development seeks permission for a 70-bed care home and residential development of up to 30 homes, with car parking and landscaping.

Access to the site would be provided directly onto Thrapston Road, with two entry points proposed and an internal connecting road running through the site.

Once the public consultation is complete, the planning consultants will seek outline planning permission from Huntingdonshire District Council for the development to go ahead.

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The application, which was submitted earlier this month, has been revised from the first plan, which was for a 90-bed care home with 32 houses.

The plans were changed following a public consultation held in the village, which revealed residents’ concerns at the proposals, with people citing a number of issues, including the size of the development.

Planning agents acting for This Land Ltd said: “Having undertaken further research and in response to the pre-application comments received, the care home has been reduced both in the building scale/size and the number of rooms - now up to 70 bed compared to 90 beds at consultation stage.

“The building is now predominantly two-storey with a three-storey central section with a broken roof line to break up the built form. This reduction in scale is a result of the consultation comments received and is more in keeping with the surrounding built form.”

The consultation period for the outline application will ended on February 8. The application is expected to be considered by Huntingdonshire District Council in the weeks ahead.

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