Plans for new care home in Axminster withdrawn

PUBLISHED: 14:00 21 July 2017

Perspective drawings of the new care home in Second Avenue, Axminster,

Perspective drawings of the new care home in Second Avenue, Axminster,

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Stephen Reed had lodged a change-of-use application to transform a house in Second Avenue into a four-bedroom residential home, complete with a conservatory.

Plans for a new care home in Axminster have been withdrawn by the developer.

Stephen Reed had lodged a change-of-use application to transform a house in Second Avenue into a four-bedroom residential home, complete with a conservatory.

The plans outlined the build of an extra bedroom on the ground floor of the three-bedroom property, with the conservatory being built to create a ‘light and airy’ dining area for year-round use.

However, the plans for the care home were later withdrawn by Mr Reed.

Before the decision was made, a letter was posted on East Devon District Council’s planning portal by Mr Reed on July 18, which addressed several concerns which had been raised about the development.

It read: “The care home will be for residential people only and not for dementia or mentally handicapped... Only four residents will be in the property at any one time... I fail to see how this would have any effect on drainage systems.”

In his letter, Mr Reed he would not expect emergency services to arrive at the home in ‘the middle of the night with their sirens blaring’ because any emergencies at a care home of the size proposed would be ‘minimal’.

He added that he failed to see how the development would devalue neighbouring properties and that any noise pollution would be offest by existing noise being ‘emitted from my neighbours’.

However, on July 20, another letter was posted on the portal by NDM Architects which read: “Our client has advised that they no longer wish to proceed with the proposed work.”

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