Care home plans again approved

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Plans for a care home in Great Cornard have been approved by Babergh District Council.

The council’s planning committee went with officer’s recommendations to accept an application from Goldcare Homes for a 45-bedroom care home off Cats Lane.

Permission was given to build the home along with five properties and a 21-space car park at the committee meeting on Wednesday, July 8.

A previous plan for a care home with five houses was granted in September 2011, but as the work was not carried out the permission had lapsed.

Great Cornard Parish Council had objected to the plans, stating that Cats Lane was unsuitable for increased traffic, adding the vehicular access was poorly designed.

The Local Highways Authority also raised concerns that the car park was not large enough, believing cars would instead up parking on the road side.

Instead the authority suggested the parking need was closer to 66 spaces.

Objections also came from Cornard residents which included issues with the size of the home, noise from the home, increased traffic and potential loss of trees.

The plans was approved with the case officer’s conditions which included financial contributions towards local travel plans and the monitoring of translocated protected species.