Developers have succeeded at their second attempt to build a 74-bed care home at Andrews of Hindhead off Portsmouth Road.
However, the Grayshott G.P. Surgery, the local Clinical Commissioning Group and both major acute hospitals – Royal Surrey and Frimley Park Hospitals – objected to the proposals.
After the demolition of this:
The scheme proposed by Seetwo Developments Ltd was refused in October 2021 by Waverley’s Western Planning Committee due to its scale and design. However, recently, despite the objection of health professionals and councillors recognised that the current scheme is the same size and as cramped as previously considered, permission was GRANTED.
Though all councillors said, they were voting “reluctantly.”
Why the volte-face? Because planning officers warned councillors that as improvements to the design had been made and the borough lacked a 5-year housing land supply, the ’tilted balance’ favoured the development and recommended it be allowed.
The proposed development for a 74 bedroom care home is on an existing underused brownfield site in a mix of uses, including retail, workshop, office and fitness studio. There are also two residential dwellings on the site. The site is an allocated site in the Pre-Submission Local Plan Part 2.
Here’s what the Doctor ordered – but didn’t get.
Dr Edward Bell spoke on behalf of his colleagues at Grayshott Surgery and his patients.
P.S. Regardless of health hazards anywhere in the borough, Thames Water does not object!