Personalised care plan requirement amended to provide domiciliary support

Developers of a continuing care retirement village in Bedfordshire which would also provide nursing and dementia suites varied the terms of a planning obligation to remove the need for residents to be subject to a personalised care plan.

The revised obligation required a specific standard of medical care provision which would be provided by a domiciliary care agency registered by the relevant government regulatory body. All residents would be required to enter into a contract with the agency and would provide residents with an ability to assess what level of care was required while still enabling a degree of independent living.

The inspector agreed that this approach was acceptable, allowing every resident to tailor their care needs through the agency. The hybrid model proposed by the appellant allowed each resident to be observed and monitored within an independent living environment while still allowing access to a range of communal facilities. This would still ensure that the development fell within Use Class C2 and not Class C3, the inspector determined.

Inspector: G Rollings; Hearing


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