Remote AONB location unsuited to care village

A care village on the site of a former poultry unit in the countryside outside a small Worcestershire village was judged unacceptable by an inspector.

The proposed care village would provide up to 145 assisted living and close care units, increasing the parish population of some 600 residents by approximately 28 per cent and the village itself by an even greater percentage. The inspector considered that this would be a scale of development disproportionately large for the settlement. He also found it unacceptable that the village lacked basic health infrastructure and the site was not close to any settlement providing a reasonable degree of medical support. Access to shopping and community facilities was also poor.

An identified general need within the district for extra care accommodation, together with the provision of fifteen affordable units, carried considerable weight with the inspector, but overall he concluded the location unsuitable and lacking good access to facilities or public transport.  He also decided the scale of the proposed building would appear out of keeping within an open farming landscape and such major development would be harmful to the Cotswolds AONB in which much of the site lay and was unjustified. He dismissed the appeal.

Inspector: Kevin Gleeson; Inquiry

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