New Care CEO Chris McGoff has blasted a council’s decision to refuse a care home planning application.
The care group boss (pictured) said Cheshire East council’s decision to refuse the application for a second time, despite planning officers’ recommendation for approval, was the “one of the most bizarre planning decisions” he had seen in his 25-year career.
“Despite the well-documented need which has been independently verified and accurately recorded by an unbiased third party, the provision of care solutions are still being challenged,” Chris said.
New Care had applied to demolish two detached houses and replace than with a 60-bed, 3-storey care home. Reacting to the planning decision, Chris accused the council of “nimbyism” and disregarding the views of the many in favour of a “privileged few”.
He said care provision was “woefully underprovided” in the area, adding the new facility would have satisfied just 6.5% of current need.
Cllr, Toni Fox, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for planning, told CHP that planning committee members acted objectively and independently of the council’s planning department.
Cllr Fox added: “There will be instances where the committee may not agree with the recommendation of the planning officer, with objectors or applicants, leaving one party disappointed with the outcome. Also, in this case, the recent dismissed appeal on design grounds made this a balanced decision. Where an applicant feels that the decision by the planning committee was flawed the applicant can follow the appeals process and seek the decision of a planning inspector.”