Agenda item

20180682 - Hevercourt Residential Care Home, Goodwood Crescent, Gravesend DA12 5EY

Decision:

Resolved that application reference 20180682 be PERMITTED subject to the planning conditions to be detailed in the decision notice issued by the Planning Department and made available on the following link: https://www.gravesham.gov.uk/planning-search.

Minutes:

Cllr Jordan Meade moved from his chair as a member of the Board and took a seat at the Non-Board Members table and, with the exception of representing residents as a ward Councillor, took no part in the discussions and voting for this item.

The Board considered an application reference 20190372 which proposed the erection of north, south and west wing single storey extensions to existing care home to provide 16 additional rooms, communal spaces, an increase in parking area and the erection of a new entrance canopy at Hevercourt Residential Home, Goodwood Crescent, Gravesend DA12 5EY.

The Principal Planner advised that the proposal sought to extend the care home with single storey extensions to the north, west and south which would focus around two internal courtyards and remodelling of the ground floor to provide a total of 27 bedrooms which was an increase of 16 bedrooms at ground floor level. Car parking on the site would be increased from 24 to 30 spaces. The Kent County Council accommodation strategy for social care projects that by 2021 Gravesham requires an additional capacity of 56 residential dementia care units and this proposal would go towards meeting this required need. The design was deemed acceptable and the proposal would not have an adverse impact on the amenity of surrounding properties as the extensions were single storey and there was no conflict with local or national planning policies in the regard. The Principal Planner concluded that the proposal was deemed to comply with local and national planning policy and, subject to the planning conditions and informativrd as set out in this report, permission was recommended.

The application was before the Board at the request of Cllr Jordan Meade and Cllr Gurjit Bains due to concern regarding the impact on surrounding properties.

Members were advised the application had been advertised with an article 13 site notice and letters had been sent to 89 surrounding properties. Three rounds of consultation had been undertaken with the latest closing on 18 July 2019. As a result of this a total of 46 letters had been received. It was noted that 44 of the letters of objection had been the same letter signed by different residents. A summary of the material planning considerations raised in the responses were set out in the report.

The Board heard the views of the public speakers who answered questions from Members.

The following points were made during discussion on this application:

·         The Board noted that 11 trees would be felled during the development of the application. Members were advised that, if the application was permitted, then a condition would be included for the replacement of these trees using semi-mature specimens.

·         The soft landscaping in the proposed courtyards would include low planters, small shrubs, benches for residents to sit on and the small tree in one of the courtyards would be retained. It was noted that the care home was dementia specific and the courtyards would be designed to benefit the lives of the residents and would provide places to sit in the sun or shade and talk to friends and family.

·         The walls surrounding the courtyards would be 60% glazed so the care staff could see residents when they were outside. The glass walls would also improve the openness of the indoor areas of the property. The remaining 40% if solid walls would be for the display of pictures that might remind residents of their lives such as red London buses etc. The energy calculations also drove the 60/40 split between glass and solid walls.

·         The entrance to the care home would be improved and people entering the building would be able to see the main courtyard through the proposed glass walls.

·         The Board was advised that the area needed additional accommodation of this kind. Kent County Council accommodation strategy for social care projects that by 2021 Gravesham would require an additional capacity of 56 residential dementia care units. This proposal would go directly to meeting this required need.

·         Concern was raised about the scale and importance of the development and the impact on neighbouring properties from and noise nuisance and parking perspective. Noise nuisance had been experienced by neighbours who had not complained to the Council. The proposed development would mean the building would be closer to residences and a site visit was requested.

·         The Board was advised that the nearest residential properties were between 15.5 metres and 21 metres from the proposed extension to the care home.

·         The need for more quality accommodation for the elderly was recognised as was the need for more day care.

·         Members recognised the need for increased care provision and the need for profitability. The proposals would also create 12 new jobs, would improve facilities and the owner of the facility was encourage to engage with the local community.

Resolved that application reference 20180682 be PERMITTED subject to the planning conditions to be detailed in the decision notice issued by the Planning Department and made available on the following link: https://www.gravesham.gov.uk/planning-search.

Note:   (a)        Mr Stephen Gilmour (a supporter) addressed the Board.
(b)        Mr Timothy Ball (Architect)(a supporter) addressed the Board.
(c)        Mr Nick Riley (an objector) addressed the Board.
(d)        Cllr Tony Pritchard spoke with the leave of the Chair.
(e)        Cllr Jordan Meade spoke with the leave of the Chair.

 

 

 

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