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11th Aug, 2022

Controversial care home plans granted

THE GO-AHEAD to build a 65 bed care home in Studley has been met with an angry response from councillors.

The development – which will charge residents up to £1,400 a week – will be on the Namco Tooling site between Pool Road and New Road.

Studley Parish Council had repeatedly objected to the plans which had also been thrown out by Stratford District Council planners.

They argued what the village needed was more homes for locals rather than a care home which no one locally would be wealthy enough to use.

They also feared an increase in traffic from the site.

But the developer Frontier Estates (Studley) Ltd took the case to appeal and planning inspector Rory Cridland, who could only look at the development in purely planning terms rather than social need, granted it.

Having objected to the development due to road safety and parking concerns, the district council’s case was not helped by the fact the 26 on-site spaces and ten cycle spaces actually exceeded its own guidelines.

Mr Cridland said: “I have found the proposal would not negatively impact on the character and appearance of the surroundings or have a negative impact on highway safety.

“No other harm has been identified and, as such, I find it accords with the development plan when taken as a whole.”

Coun Paul Beaman, who was chair of the parish council when it rejected them, was not happy.

“We are very disappointed that a prime housing site is being used for this development when there is no identified need for it in the village.

“This is a speculative development which has no benefit for the village. No one from Studley will be able to afford to live there and it will mean extra traffic coming in and an extra strain on our resources.”

The planning inspector also gave the go-ahead for outline planning permission for ten houses on the same site next to the care home.

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