No decision on care home plan

Owner Steve Bowe and manager Carol Almond at the Annacliffe Care Home.
Owner Steve Bowe and manager Carol Almond at the Annacliffe Care Home.
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CONCERNED residents will have to wait to find out if a dementia unit gets the go-ahead after a decision was adjourned.

Blackpool Council’s planning committee voted to delay a decision on Annacliffe Care Home’s plans to extend the home and build a 13 bedroom care facility.

The committee argued they needed more time to assess how parking would be effected on Newton Drive, and a decision will not be made until the next meeting.

Nigel Brewer, from Newton Drive, spoke on behalf of ten residents at the meeting.

He said: “We feel the site has already been over-developed and we would hope planning guidelines will restrict any more developments.

“We regard parking facilities and provision for deliveries to be inadequate for this proposal.”

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Annacliffe has already had plans for a 26-bedroom home rejected last year, but those in charge are determined to build a facility they feel is desperately needed.

Owner Steve Bowe scaled down the plans and decided to cut by half the amount of beds he had originally hoped for to allow space for 11 parking spaces.

Daniel Whitney, from Mosaic Town Planning, spoke during the meeting on behalf of Annacliffe Care Home.

He said: “The extension will provide a much needed facility for those suffering from dementia in the community.”

But Coun John Boughton, ward councillor for Layton, called on the committee to reject the proposal because of the parking problems the extension would pose.

Coun Adrian Hutton, said he would prefer the decision to be adjourned on the grounds of safety.

He added: “I don’t think an ambulance would get in the spaces and turnaround and I don’t think it’s safe, so I would propose we adjourn the decision.”

Speaking after the meeting, owner Steve Bowe said: “We are going to provide them with more detail.”

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