Care home considered again

PLANS for a 19-bedroom care home, which Fenland Council rejected less than three months ago, is back in the frame for approval next week. Planning officials are seeking approval for the scheme which was overturned by the council s planning committee. Esse

PLANS for a 19-bedroom care home, which Fenland Council rejected less than three months ago, is back in the frame for approval next week.

Planning officials are seeking approval for the scheme which was overturned by the council's planning committee.

Essex-based Medcam wants to convert Willow Lodge, in Fitton End Road, Gorefield, into a care home for adults with learning disabilities who have mental health difficulties and/or long-term complex needs.

Planning officer Christopher Peckett says the application is back on the agenda following "further supporting information on the need for this facility" has been given to the council. He feels the council should support the home.


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However, the application will face criticism from residents, 14 of whom sent letters of objection. Residents of 16 properties have also sent a petition to the council.

The letters say the development in an isolated hamlet would jeopardise the community's peace and security.

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Residents say they have no objection to a care home for the elderly but have misgivings about the proposals which they claim "lack clarification".

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