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Plans for 20 apartments on former care home site

Planning permission is set to be granted for 20 residential apartments on a former care home site in Carlton.

Gedling Borough Council’s planning committee is set to discuss the application on Wednesday, 1 December.

Developers want to build the one to two-bedroom apartments on the site of Highclere Lodge in Burton Road.

The site was once a 28-bed care home which has now been demolished.

There would be 16 car parking spaces as well as cycle parking as part of the development. Twenty per cent of the homes will be affordable.

Council planning officers were originally against the application as some of the trees on the site are protected by a Tree Preservation Order and there is a “potential” for archaeological remains to be present.

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Changes to the plans have been made to address the issues raised.

Seventeen residents have sent letters to the council about the development.

Concerns include “overdevelopment of the site compared to the surrounding area of Highclere Drive, which is a small cul-de-sac” with worries that 20 new properties will “change the character of the area.”

There are also concerns the design is not in keeping with the older housing in the area and there is insufficient car parking spaces.

The planning officer states in a report prepared for councillors the local authority had raised concerns with the original scheme.

“Concerns were raised that the proposal represented an overdevelopment of the site and that the development left very little room for soft landscaping or open space making it appear at odds with surrounding dwellings which are set back from the road in larger plots,” the officer stated.

The planning officer also supported both the arboricultural officer’s objection to the original proposal and the Nottinghamshire County Council’s tree officer’s objection.

“In particular, this was an objection to the removal of TPO (protected) trees to facilitate the development,” the officer added.

They said following negotiations between the planning officer and the applicant, a number of amended plans were submitted.

The report states: “The final set of amended plans, which are currently being considered, show a reduction in the number of residential units proposed from 22 to 20, a reduction in and a re-siting of the building away from the TPO trees and the incorporation of a mansard roof.

“On balance, I do consider the design of the amended proposal to be acceptable and to not have an unacceptable impact on the character or visual amenity of the area.”

Both the arboricultural Officer and the tree officer have raised no objections to the current amended plans, which allow for protected and other high-grade trees to remain.

The council has recommended planning permission is granted. Councillors will decide whether to grant the application on 1 December.

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