Warminster Town Councillors Want Planning Conditions Kept At Grovelands

Thursday 22nd August 2019:

Warminster Town Councillors Want Planning Conditions Kept At Grovelands.

At a meeting of the Planning Advisory Committee of Warminster Town Council, held on 19th August 2019, Warminster Town Councillors voted to ask Wiltshire Council to oppose changes to planning conditions at a site in the Grovelands area of Warminster.

Planning permission was previously granted in June 2018 for the building of a Care Home and 45 bungalows as part of a “Continuing Care Retirement Community”.

Planning permission was granted with a number of conditions. The developer is now trying to get at least 26 of those conditions changed.

Warminster Town Councillors made the following points:

The site is outside the settlement framework boundary for Warminster and not part of the neighbourhood plan, therefore development should only be allowed in exceptional circumstances.

The provision of specialist accommodation for older people may be an exceptional circumstance.

It was only the provision of a “Continuing Care Retirement Community” that allowed planning permission to be granted.

The bungalows were granted planning permission on condition they were to be reserved solely for elderly residents over 65 in perpetuity.

The bungalows were to incorporate detailed design elements geared to the needs of the elderly.

Part of the new application is to reduce the age that residents are allowed to start living in the bungalows from 65 to 55 years.

Councillors believe that 55 is too young an age for a continuing care community.

When planning permission had been granted it had been agreed that the Care Home and Bungalows had to be built at the same time to provide a Continuing Care Retirement Community. Now the developer also wants to change the planning conditions that mean the bungalows and care home must be built at the same time. Councillors are concerned that this could result in the Care Home not being built.

Councillors supported the comments made by residents in objecting.

Speaking after the meeting, Councillor Denis Brett said: “We are only an advisory committee, but we hope that Wiltshire Council will pay attention to our views when they make a decision on this application. Town Councillors are very frustrated that the planning process seems to be stacked in favour of the developer to the detriment of local communities.”