Alternative uses for care homes

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Peter Grose looks at the planning perspective for a change of use. With the harsh market conditions which currently prevail in the provision of care home accommodation, a question which is increasingly asked is whether the property can be put to a more profitable use. The question causes a lot of heartache to very many care homes proprietors who have spent years of dedication to providing good care. Nonetheless, increased regulation and public expectation of facilities to be provided, combined with tight fees, have made this harsh question one which has to be addressed sooner rather than later. This article deals with the various issues and pitfalls which need to be addressed in negotiating with the planning authorities. There are further thorny issues which also need to be considered, such as dealing with staff, and regulatory issues pending closure which will be the subject of a future article. !Existing use In addition to the need for planning permission for new buildings, permission is also required wher

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