Public access to land adjacent to adult care centre supported

The owner of a care home in Devon which dealt with vulnerable adults failed to remove a planning obligation which required public access to adjoining land, an inspector ruling that it continued to serve a valid planning purpose.

400-013-737 (Image Credit: Plymouth City Council)
400-013-737 (Image Credit: Plymouth City Council)

The care home had been built but the new owner stated that all employees were required to hold a disclosure and barring service certificate which enabled them to treat residents with late stage dementia and who often exhibited challenging behaviour. On this basis it was inappropriate to allow members of the public unsupervised access to the adjoining land and it was not viable to allow the care home staff to supervise its use, the appellant allaged.

The Inspector observed that the adjoining land had originally been used as school playing fields and it was currently used by scouts and local clubs as well as by local children as an informal play area. It was therefore a valuable community resource and served a legitimate planning purpose when the consent was granted and allowing public access would not adversely affect the well-being and care of residents in the care home.

Inspector: David Wildsmith; Written representations

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