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Care UK to appeal following planning application refusal

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Leading care home operator Care UK has vowed to appeal after a planning application for a 60-bed care home in Wilmslow, Cheshire was refused.

The scheme was turned down by Cheshire East Council following opposition from residents and councillors.

A Care UK spokesperson said: “We are disappointed that our planning application for a new high quality care home in Wilmslow has been refused at committee despite being recommended for approval by the officers who reported it was compliant with planning policy.  We will be appealing against the committee’s decision to refuse our application – particularly as we have been led to believe that this scheme is better located and designed than another recently approved on appeal.

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“Our research has clearly shown that the number of care home places available in the area at the moment do not reflect the future trend and that there is a proven, growing need for new care homes in the Wilmslow  area in the future and we would very much like to help meet that need.”

Wilsmlow Town Council opposed the scheme on the basis of the overdevelopment of a site within a low density area and being contrary to the Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan with regards to garden development, the Knutsford Guardian reported.

Around 145 letters of opposition were also submitted by residents citing a lack of parking, loss of light and overlooking to adjacent neighbours, over-development of the site and the lack of need in the area for additional care homes.

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