Care home employment levels comparable to traditional industries

Land in Nottinghamshire which was designated a protected employment site did not prevent an inspector from ruling that a 74-bed care home would generate jobs at least equal to that when it was last used for industrial purposes.

Existing buildings on the site had been vacant for over two years and paragraph 22 of the NPPF sought to avoid policies which led to the long-term protection of allocated sites, the inspector decided. The site was  within a residential area with poor connectivity to the motorway network. The inspector concluded that it was inherently unsuited to a B1/B2/B8 use set against a tangible need for more care home spaces. The new building would respect the sloping topography of the site and provide adequate amenity for adjacent neighbours and future occupiers.

Inspector: D Young; Written representations

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