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Care home plan gets the go-ahead
5:10pm Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
A CAREHOME previously refused planning permission in Urmston has been given the green light by Trafford Council’s planning development control committee.
The proposed accommodation was initially withdrawn, due to residents’ concerns over insufficient parking arrangements, the building being out of character with the area and that it could dominate surrounding properties.
But the proposed site – at 44, 44a, 46 and 48 Crofts Bank Road, the latter two requiring demolition – has now been allowed to go ahead, providing conditions surrounding car parking and residency ages are met.
The development will be four stories high and contain 51 units of care accommodation, with 20 car parking spaces designed for visitors.
Chris Butt, planning agent for McCarthy and Stone who are undertaking the construction for YourLife Management Services, said at last Thursday’s meeting: “As an Urmston resident, I think it is something Urmston is crying out for.
“We have responded to concerns of the public. We are very keen to promote this site.
“It very much recognises the aging of the population and this issue. The scheme will promote integrated living.”
Urmston councillor Kevin Procter represented residents concerned at the proposed site and put their reservations to the committee.
“I was contacted by quite a few residents this year,” he said. “They do see the need for accommodation and that there is scope for this type of scheme. They are generally in favour, but they do have some concerns.
“The biggest is the traffic and pollution issues and, particularly, the car parking issues and the congestion that could be caused by people visiting.”
But the concerns were dismissed over beliefs the proposed parking will be sufficient and considering the benefits the home will give its residents by allowing them to remain in a built-up and communal area.
Cllr Brian Shaw welcomed the development and said: “It is very busy in Urmston – let’s keep it that way. It is open for business and let’s keep it that way.”
Chairman of the committee, Cllr Vivienne Ward, welcomed the proposals that will help transform an area in need of development.
“This was a grot spot and it did need to be sorted out,” she said. “This is a very sympathetic development.”
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