Four Seasons has announced plans to close Ross Wyld care home in Walthamstow, North-East London following its failure to negotiate a new lease.
The care home operator said it had been left with “no choice but to close the home” after the landlord chose not to renew its lease for another 14-year term.
“We negotiated a short-term lease to the end of June, which should give plenty of time for appropriate arrangements to be made for the ongoing care of our residents,” care services director, Amanda Cunningham, said.
Ross Wyld, which is a nursing care home for up to 54 people, was rated Requires Improvement following its last CQC inspection in November 2017.
The property’s owner is believed to be planning to change the building’s use.
A Waltham Forest Council spokesperson said he was “concerned” about the planned closure, following its notification by Four Seasons earlier this month.
He added: “Any proposal to change the use of this land would have to be supported by evidence that the care home is no longer required. There are firm planning policy requirements in place which a proposed redevelopment of the site for residential use would need to overcome. Our Director of Regeneration and Growth has written to the freeholder explaining the constraints on the site’s usage.”
The council said it was awaiting a reply after having attempted to make contact with Four Seasons and the land’s freeholder to try to negotiate a reversal of the decision or at least secure an extension to the closure timescale.