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Council’s protest at care home plan

Strong objections have been made by Middleton councillors about a proposed care home.


The parish council’s development control committee has unanimously objected about the 66-bedroom scheme.


Its members raised 17 points on which they disagreed with the planning application by Frontier Estates.


The protests have been joined by more than 140 letters of objection from residents which have been received by Arun District Council before it makes a decision about the proposal.


Parish council clerk Joe Lake said the committee decided the proposed development was overbearing.


“With 66 bedrooms on a small site, the site looks cramped. Some care homes have been refused on bigger sites with less bedrooms,” he told Arun. “The site will be viewed by all properties along Yapton Road.


“This application, if approved, will materially affect the existing road congestion at both the roundabout exiting from Silver Birch Drive and creating even more traffic on the A259 at the Comet Corner junction.


“The roundabout exiting out of Silver Birch Drive which, according to the travel report, will see an additional 145 vehicle movements per day could become an accident blackspot due to traffic entering on to the roundabout from Silver Birch Drive being unable to see traffic coming on to the roundabout on its right hand side due to a blind corner which obstructs the driver’s view and has seen a number of accidents and near misses.”


Foul and surface water drainage was also a concern, stated Mr Lake, if no significant improvements had been made to avoid a repeat of the flooding in 2012.


That year saw Yapton Road flooded to a depth of one metre and had flooded six times between 1963-2014.


The parish council was also concerned about the loss of trees on the intended home site and the need to protect those species which were covered by tree preservation orders.


The committee’s meeting followed a public meeting held by the parish council when the overwhelming view of residents was opposed to the scheme.


In a statement with its application, Frontier Estates says the home matches the amount of space used for the previously approved housing estate on the site.


“A minimum of 10m separation is provided between the north boundary and the building,” it says.


“This arrangement minimises the impact of (the) new building on neighbouring houses to the south and avoids and shadowing or loss of daylight.


“A minimum of 20m separation is provided between the care home southern gable (no windows) and the closest neighbouring houses.


“The visual impact of the commercial units to the east on the care home’s first floor is limited.”

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