Care village falls foul of neighbourhood plan

An outline proposal for a care village comprising 54 dwellings for the over 55s and a 40 bed space care home on farmland outside a Herefordshire village was rejected by an inspector due to conflict with a neighbourhood plan.

The inspector found that although core strategy policies guiding the broad level and distribution of housing in the district were out of date in the light of a five-year housing land supply shortfall, a neighbourhood plan had been adopted within the previous two years, and made an allocation of 90 dwellings. In accordance with the written ministerial statement, the neighbourhood plan policies were found by the inspector to be up to date. The site lay outside the settlement boundary defined in the plan and with regard to a recent court judgment in Richborough Estates and others and the SSCLG 2018, he attached significant weight to the policies of the plan and dismissed the appeal despite an acknowledged shortage of specialised homes and care for the elderly across the county.

 

Inspector: David Richards; Written representations