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Plans for West Bridgford retirement complex refused by council

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Plans for the complex at the former Sandicliffe Motors site on Loughborough Road were refused on 20 August.

The application from Churchill Retirement Living was lodged with Rushcliffe Borough Council in November 2018.

The decision notice states:

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‘The development proposal does not make provision for affordable housing on-site or provide for an off-site affordable housing commuted sum contribution of an appropriate level despite an independent assessor finding that contributions could be accommodated and the scheme remaining viable.

‘The applicant has not provided sufficient evidence to justify that the development would be unviable with this contribution.

‘Therefore, the impacts of the development would not be satisfactorily mitigated and the development would fail to achieve the NPPF objective of creating mixed and balanced communities.

‘The proposal would be contrary to Policy 8 (Housing Size, Mix And Choice) and Policy 19 (Developer Contributions) of the Core Strategy; and Policy GP3 (Development Requirements) of the Rushcliffe Borough Non-Statutory Replacement Local Plan.’

‘Negotiations have taken place during the consideration of the application to address adverse impacts identified by officers in connection with the proposal. Nevertheless, there remains a fundamental (policy) objection to the proposal. The applicant is welcome to enter into further discussions to seek to overcome the reason for refusal.’

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The proposals are for redevelopment of site to form 54 retirement living apartments, together with access, communal facilities, car parking and landscaping.

At the time of lodging the application Andrew Burgess, Group Land & Planning Director of Churchill Retirement Living, said:

“There is a compelling overall housing need in West Bridgford, especially for older people. Our proposed development will go some way to increasing access to this type of housing for local residents. By meeting this rising demand, we can allow older people to downsize and free up under occupied houses in the local area for families.

 

“The site is excellently located, right at the heart of West Bridgford, within easy walking distance of the town centre, and on a site that has stood vacant and disused for some time.

“As well as meeting the need for high-quality retirement apartments, the development will bring benefits to the local economy. Owners will be within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants and other amenities in the town, helping to boost local businesses.”

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