Bournemouth planning battle could soon be over with change of local government

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

A Bournemouth, Dorset, nursing home owner is hopeful that a 28-month battle to obtain planning permission to extend his nursing accommodation may soon be over, following the local government elections which saw the ousting of the Conservative Bournemouth City Council. The Council is now Liberal-Democrat controlled and Brian Crump, proprietor of the 26-bed Ouplaymoor nursing home, is optimistic that the new council will be more sympathetic to his cause. Mr Crump said his fight for approval had cost him £26,000 so far, and accused the previous council of deliberately hastening care home closures to relieve pressure on the social services budget. “Our planning application was rejected by just one vote in February, and this was reported by the Bournemouth Daily Echo,” Mr Crump said. “I received dozens of calls from people who were outraged by a quote from a planning board councillor who had voted against us. He stated to the reporter that he couldn’t understand the economic or social need for a nursing home to s

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