Thinking about specialist care? Beware the planning pitfalls

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

|There is often confusion for operators wishing to establish small specialist care homes through the conversion of dwelling houses. The planning position is by no means clear cut. Ben Hartley of GVA Grimley¹s Healthcare Business Unit, examines some of the pitfalls.| The current market trend within the specialist care sector is towards smaller units, largely driven by the environmental standards laid down by the National Care Standards Commission. We are seeing an increasing number of operators looking to convert existing dwelling houses to care homes for younger adults to meet demand, and GVA Grimley is regularly asked whether planning permission for a change of use is required. The relevant statute is the Town & Country Planning Use Class Order 1987. This defines dwelling houses under a C3 Use Class as: “Use as a dwelling house (whether or not as a sole or main residence) by not more than six residents living together as a single household (including a household where care is provided for residents)”. It al

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