Care home scheme is thrown out

Blackpool Coun David Owen
Blackpool Coun David Owen
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A bid to extend a nursing home has been thrown out by town hall planners.

Blackpool Council, whose planning committee is chaired by Coun David Owen, judged the development proposed by the Nightingales Nursing Home on Norbreck Road would be “over-intensive”.

The scheme was refused by planners using delegated powers.

The home, which currently has 55 bedrooms, wanted to build part single and part two-storey rear and side extensions to create additional dayrooms, a laundry and bedrooms following the demolition of existing single storey buildings.

A planning statement accompanying the application said this was due to the increasing number of people suffering from dementia who needed care.

Currently the home says it has to turn some people away.

It adds that “we constantly have to turn people away and sometimes are unable to accommodate people that wanted to come and reside at Nightingales because we do not have enough or available beds.”

But the council ruled the scheme “would constitute cramped and over-intensive development of the site, 
especially as the home has already been significantly extended” and would lead to “increased over-shadowing” and disturbance to neighbours.