Tetlow King Planning (TKP) have recently gained permission in Rugby Borough for a 30 bed care home, 47 extra care cottages, 12 extra care apartments and associated communal facilities at the existing Lime Tree Village at Rugby for our clients Retirement Villages Ltd.
The village is owned and run by Retirement Villages Ltd and includes 153 units comprising flats, bungalows and cottages plus communal facilities.
The extension provides additional accommodation with care packages and also 30 care beds which will cater for those with higher care needs. The additional associated communal facilities will be available to both existing and new residents offering a larger variety of spaces for activities, plus a cafe and shop area.
The development site is outside of the development boundary identified, on the edge of the village of Bilton. TKP successfully argued that the proposals were Use Class C2 (accommodation and care) and would form an appropriate extension to the existing retirement village at Lime Tree. TKP’s Care Needs Report demonstrated that there was a need within the area for extra care accommodation to meet the needs of the ageing population.
This planning permission means that the total village will (once completed) be able to offer a continuum of care for residents as their care needs change over time and will offer a wider choice of accommodation and social activities in line with the CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community) model.
Issues that arose in conjunction with the application were affordable housing, ecology, care packages and landscaping. These were successfully resolved by TKP and the consultant team which included: Tetlow King Architects, TPA (Transport Consultants), HCD (Management and Engineering Consultants), Ian Stemp Associates (Landscape Consultant) and Chris Down (Ecologist).
The agreed Section 106 Undertaking secured the C2 care related uses in the long term; via guaranteeing basic care packages. A financial contribution to be split between the Social Services Authority (County) and the Housing Authority (District) was agreed in lieu of affordable housing provision. Also secured were a children’s play area, an ecological management plan and a travel plan.
Construction is due to commence in early 2012.