Wokingham District Council has resolved to approve a Continuing are Retirement Community (CCRC) on the edge of Twyford, Berkshire, subject to referral to the Secretary of State as a departure and finalisation of a Section 106 legal undertaking.
Tetlow King Planning (TKP) has been part of the consultant team promoting the proposal on behalf of Hurstlane Ltd since 2007, offering specialist CCRC planning input.
The development improves and consolidates the existing 47 bed Bridge House Nursing Home to a total of 52 beds, adding a 20 bed dementia unit extension and 137 extra care units offering differing levels of care in accordance with the CCRC concept. The C2 Use Class development encompasses a full range of health, medical and leisure facilities, restaurant, cafe and ancillary facilities. The site is also well located in relation to the facilities of Twyford being 100 metres from the town centre.
CCRCs are a relatively new concept in the UK. They are an all embracing comprehensive alternative to sheltered housing and residential care providing for a whole range of needs and individual circumstances. Only about 30 have been built to date but there are a growing number of new proposals in the pipeline.
Inter alia because CCRCs require relatively large sites (normally between 3 and 5 hectares) which are unsurprisingly difficult to find in the right locations without planning constraints bringing forward proposals can prove very challenging. Furthermore the concept and its benefits are poorly understood by many planning officers and the planning use classification is complex. Such proposals therefore normally need specialist planning consultancy input.
Following our extensive work on Continuing Care Retirement Communities for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Planning Officers Society, we continue to receive new instructions from landowners and developers, seeking to promote particular proposals.
TKP is now instructed on new CCRC proposals at various stages of evolution in Devon, Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Norfolk, Gloucestershire, Berkshire, Birmingham, Surrey, Warwickshire and East Lothian.
‘Continuing Care Communities: A Guide to Planning’ was first published in 2006, and updated in 2007 and 2008.
Please direct any queries to John Sneddon on 0117 9561916 or Iain Warner on 01732 870988.