Extended care home rejected due to inadequate need

Plans to provide an additional 22 bedrooms at a care home in Kent have been dismissed because the appellant had failed to provide adequate justification for the increase.

The site lay within open countryside and in granting permission for a 40-bedroom care home in 2010 the appellant had provided a justification for the development. However, the care home had not materialised and the council asserted that the consent had lapsed. No up-to-date assessment of why additional rooms were required, the inspector held, and given the site’s rural location with access via a narrow lane, the appeal was dismissed.

Inspector: R Maile; Written representations

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