The council claimed that the development would involve a material change of use from Class C2 to Class C3, particularly Class C3(b) which covered persons living together as a single household and receiving care. The plans, however, indicated communal, office and care facilities including a restaurant, lounge and dining area, bars, communal kitchen, staff room, home care office, care manager’s office, laundry room, hairdressers, therapy room, library and café. Each apartment was wheelchair accessible and residents would be provided with wellbeing care and a support package. Health care workers would be on site 24 hours per day and there was a 24-hour monitored emergency call provision and GP visits. The inspector decided that the minimum level of care went beyond reception and domiciliary help and overall, given the services which would be provided, the use fell within Class C2.
Inspector: Sandra Prail; Written representations