Plans for 55-bed care home back on track

Previously blocked plans for a 55-bed care home in Headington are to be re-submitted, with developers hoping to be operating in 18 months but some councillors have expressed concern.

According to the Oxford Mail, the proposed development for a residential and day care unit in Pullens Lane was blocked by Oxford City Council two years ago. The council said the plan to demolish existing buildings to site the home would spoil the “rural tranquillity” of the area, William Walker, from the newspaper said. Councillor, Roz Smith, remains concern over the location for the proposed development.

She told the Oxford newspaper: “Any development on Pullens Lane has to be very, very carefully thought through because that site has a lot pedestrian traffic. That is quite a large one and that worries me because we have local pedestrian traffic going through there with schools and Oxford Brookes University and residents.”

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She said she was unconvinced that Pullens Lane is the right spot for the development, adding: “It’s a very, very busy road, one of the busiest in the country.”

But Mehdi Rezaie, manager at Oxford City Council’s planning department, said he was optimistic the proposals would go in front of a planning committee by November.

Carebase, the original developers, left the project after plans were rejected and were replaced by Frontier Estates, a Milton Keynes-based firm. Another application was submitted in January this year but was withdrawn in May. The latest, updated plans will now be submitted to the city council’s design review board, the firm has revealed.

Mike Mansell of Frontier Estates, told the Oxford Mail: “We are just waiting for feedback from the council. There were quite a few changes for the scheme. The board is very happy with the revised scheme so it is in the hands of Oxford City Council now. Hopefully as long as there are no major changes required we can be up at committee stage before Christmas.

“We hope to be on site in the spring and then it is normally a 12 month construction period. The project is still 55 beds but the design has changed. The pressure was to make the scheme softer and more broken up.

“The original application that was refused was a big block of building and we have tried to turn it into something like Pullens Lane – which is hard because there is such a mixture of houses there and that has been a challenge.”

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