Change in planning policy places Chelmsford care village proposal back on the front burner

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

There are indications that a plan for one of the biggest care villages in the UK could be revived shortly. The Care Village Group has outlined a £20 million development plan for a 12 acre site in Chelmsford consisting of 102 homes, a 40-bed nursing home and a 20-bed specialist unit. There would also be a doctor¹s surgery, swimming pool, shops, library, restaurant and bowling green. Outline plans for a similar but smaller development had earlier been rejected by the then Liberal Democrat-led Chelmsford Borough Council. But now, according to local media reports, the present Tory-led council has indicated that a revival of the Care Village Group plans could be favourably received. Care Village Group land manager Steve Critchell said he believed councillors understood the need for the proposed facility, but there had been a problem with the initial planning application because of a policy vacuum. “We are hoping that if a new planning policy goes through there will be no barrier to us submitting a fresh applicat

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