‘Rural tranquility’ fears of care home proposal

‘Rural tranquility’ fears of care home proposal

‘Rural tranquility’ fears of care home proposal

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PLANS for a dementia care home in Headington have been thrown out after councillors said it did not fit with the area’s “rural tranquility”.

Oxford City Council rejected the 55-bedroom plan for Pullen Lane for residential and day care for people with dementia.

Developer Carebase wanted to replace a large 1960s house with a three-storey care home with 17 parking spaces.

But council planning officers said it would conflict with the Headington Hill Conservation Area, which gives extra checks against development.

Planning officer Matthew Parry said the site was “essentially greenfield”.

His report said: “The area has a tranquil, rural character with generous spacing between the buildings interspersed with dense greenery.

“This is not found anywhere else in the city.

“Put simply, the building proposed is of a vast scale in comparison to the existing buildings.”

Tony Besse, from the Headington Hill Umbrella Group, urged the east area planning committee reject the plan at its Wednesday meeting.

Raising concerns about extra traffic, the Pullens Lane resident said: “Hundreds of students walk along that road, they’re like sheep in a country lane. It would distract from the enjoyment of the lane.”

But Oxfordshire County Council, responsible for roads, said: “There is no evidence of there being a personal injury accident problem in Pullens Lane.

“The predicted development would have no signficant impact on the capacity or safety of the junction.”

Carebase spokesman David Madden told the committee the complaints conflicted with what others had told them.

He said: “We are disappointed. This is contrary to the advice we received from the design review panel, who we have been working with for the past year.

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“This would be less than 40cm higher than the existing building. The highway authority said traffic would be fine and that there would be modest traffic rates.”

He added: “We have already reduced the number of beds from 70 to 55.

“This is the minimum number of beds that we can operate a care home of this quality.”

As of March 31, there were 3,936 dementia sufferers known to the county NHS services, up from 3,566 12 months previously.

Mr Madden said: “There is an urgent and growing need for dementia care in Headington.

The committee unanimously voted against the plan at Oxford’s Town Hall.

Vice-chairman Van Coulter said: “I think this is quite a good development, but not on this site.”

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6:34pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Myron Blatz says...

Quite disgusting to learn that some people and Oxford City Planning believe a care home for people with dememtia, is unsuitable for the rural idyll that is Headington. Shame on Van Coulter and City Council - not to mention all those LibDem and Tory NIMBYS who felt in any way threatened. Oddly, City Council was quite happy to dump people in 'halfway housing' in Littlemore, without public consultation.
Quite disgusting to learn that some people and Oxford City Planning believe a care home for people with dememtia, is unsuitable for the rural idyll that is Headington. Shame on Van Coulter and City Council - not to mention all those LibDem and Tory NIMBYS who felt in any way threatened. Oddly, City Council was quite happy to dump people in 'halfway housing' in Littlemore, without public consultation. Myron Blatz
  • Score: 17

8:15pm Sat 9 Aug 14

oafie says...

Outrageous- never mind the absurd decisions that they agree to for Oxford University- this stinks of money and those in power in Oxford-totally disgusting.
Outrageous- never mind the absurd decisions that they agree to for Oxford University- this stinks of money and those in power in Oxford-totally disgusting. oafie
  • Score: 8

10:40pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
Quite disgusting to learn that some people and Oxford City Planning believe a care home for people with dememtia, is unsuitable for the rural idyll that is Headington. Shame on Van Coulter and City Council - not to mention all those LibDem and Tory NIMBYS who felt in any way threatened. Oddly, City Council was quite happy to dump people in 'halfway housing' in Littlemore, without public consultation.
There are three easy checks to identify a rural Idyll...

1 - Septic tank
2 - Dreadful broadband
3 - More than 60 minutes from an M&S foodhall

This property fails on all 3 counts...

Perhaps the abandoned sports fields on Barracks Lane would be a better site?
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: Quite disgusting to learn that some people and Oxford City Planning believe a care home for people with dememtia, is unsuitable for the rural idyll that is Headington. Shame on Van Coulter and City Council - not to mention all those LibDem and Tory NIMBYS who felt in any way threatened. Oddly, City Council was quite happy to dump people in 'halfway housing' in Littlemore, without public consultation.[/p][/quote]There are three easy checks to identify a rural Idyll... 1 - Septic tank 2 - Dreadful broadband 3 - More than 60 minutes from an M&S foodhall This property fails on all 3 counts... Perhaps the abandoned sports fields on Barracks Lane would be a better site? Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 12

12:39am Sun 10 Aug 14

GaryOxford says...

The trouble with planning applications now is that planning committees are worried about setting a precedent. Even if the individual application is fine because it's a in conservation area other people will cite it when they try to get planning permission.
Before you know it Martin Young will be trying to get planning permission for a 'care home' after every other planning application/appeal/t
hreat hasn't worked.
The trouble with planning applications now is that planning committees are worried about setting a precedent. Even if the individual application is fine because it's a in conservation area other people will cite it when they try to get planning permission. Before you know it Martin Young will be trying to get planning permission for a 'care home' after every other planning application/appeal/t hreat hasn't worked. GaryOxford
  • Score: 0

10:24am Sun 10 Aug 14

Myron Blatz says...

Good old/young 'GaryOxford' - think you also have hammred-home another nail in the coffin of Oxford City Council Planning .... and its Labour-led 'Coalition of Unaccountability' to the people and voters of Oxford - and don't forget, in May's local City Council elections, around 70 percent of those eligible to vote ..... didn't bother to vote for any political Party, let alone Labour! Moreover (and like in the MEP elections across the UK in May) the only Party to show new support was UKIP - now apparently the political opposition most-feared by Bob Price's Oxford Labour Group, especially with regard to how UKIP could well provide the most serious challenge to Andrew Smith MP in next year's parliamentary election in Oxford East. An even bigger threat to Smith (now also on the verge of becoming an OAP) is the success of Oxford West's Conservative MP, Nicola Blackwood - much younger than Smith, and someone who has already proved to the electorate that she means business - something which the people in Oxford West couldn't say about Dr Evan Harris, their former LibDem MP!
Good old/young 'GaryOxford' - think you also have hammred-home another nail in the coffin of Oxford City Council Planning .... and its Labour-led 'Coalition of Unaccountability' to the people and voters of Oxford - and don't forget, in May's local City Council elections, around 70 percent of those eligible to vote ..... didn't bother to vote for any political Party, let alone Labour! Moreover (and like in the MEP elections across the UK in May) the only Party to show new support was UKIP - now apparently the political opposition most-feared by Bob Price's Oxford Labour Group, especially with regard to how UKIP could well provide the most serious challenge to Andrew Smith MP in next year's parliamentary election in Oxford East. An even bigger threat to Smith (now also on the verge of becoming an OAP) is the success of Oxford West's Conservative MP, Nicola Blackwood - much younger than Smith, and someone who has already proved to the electorate that she means business - something which the people in Oxford West couldn't say about Dr Evan Harris, their former LibDem MP! Myron Blatz
  • Score: -2

10:28am Sun 10 Aug 14

Sophia says...

Outrageous selfishness. Maybe the old f@rts of Headington could be the first customers of a new care home for the Terminally Selfish Rich?
Outrageous selfishness. Maybe the old f@rts of Headington could be the first customers of a new care home for the Terminally Selfish Rich? Sophia
  • Score: 5

10:32am Sun 10 Aug 14

Oxonian says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
Good old/young 'GaryOxford' - think you also have hammred-home another nail in the coffin of Oxford City Council Planning .... and its Labour-led 'Coalition of Unaccountability' to the people and voters of Oxford - and don't forget, in May's local City Council elections, around 70 percent of those eligible to vote ..... didn't bother to vote for any political Party, let alone Labour! Moreover (and like in the MEP elections across the UK in May) the only Party to show new support was UKIP - now apparently the political opposition most-feared by Bob Price's Oxford Labour Group, especially with regard to how UKIP could well provide the most serious challenge to Andrew Smith MP in next year's parliamentary election in Oxford East. An even bigger threat to Smith (now also on the verge of becoming an OAP) is the success of Oxford West's Conservative MP, Nicola Blackwood - much younger than Smith, and someone who has already proved to the electorate that she means business - something which the people in Oxford West couldn't say about Dr Evan Harris, their former LibDem MP!
Evan Harris was an excellent MP and helpfully active on all kinds of subjects - especially healthcare, as he was a doctor himself. I am sure he would have stood up for building homes for dementia sufferers. Nicola Blackwood is one of those MPs who tends to agree with the party line on everything.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: Good old/young 'GaryOxford' - think you also have hammred-home another nail in the coffin of Oxford City Council Planning .... and its Labour-led 'Coalition of Unaccountability' to the people and voters of Oxford - and don't forget, in May's local City Council elections, around 70 percent of those eligible to vote ..... didn't bother to vote for any political Party, let alone Labour! Moreover (and like in the MEP elections across the UK in May) the only Party to show new support was UKIP - now apparently the political opposition most-feared by Bob Price's Oxford Labour Group, especially with regard to how UKIP could well provide the most serious challenge to Andrew Smith MP in next year's parliamentary election in Oxford East. An even bigger threat to Smith (now also on the verge of becoming an OAP) is the success of Oxford West's Conservative MP, Nicola Blackwood - much younger than Smith, and someone who has already proved to the electorate that she means business - something which the people in Oxford West couldn't say about Dr Evan Harris, their former LibDem MP![/p][/quote]Evan Harris was an excellent MP and helpfully active on all kinds of subjects - especially healthcare, as he was a doctor himself. I am sure he would have stood up for building homes for dementia sufferers. Nicola Blackwood is one of those MPs who tends to agree with the party line on everything. Oxonian
  • Score: 7

9:11pm Sun 10 Aug 14

SB21 says...

Sure if it was a mosque it would get the green light, but mental illness is a big NO NO disgusting OCC shame on you all.
Sure if it was a mosque it would get the green light, but mental illness is a big NO NO disgusting OCC shame on you all. SB21
  • Score: -2

2:17am Mon 11 Aug 14

gans shakes says...

Let me guess. If this was placed in Blackbird Leys or Rose Hill it would have been passed with barely a mutter from the Planning Commission, because there is nothing like the vulnerable being placed in the most inappropriate locations, and those Dementia sufferers are so disruptive! All I can say is karma catches up with everyone one day.

Nicola Blackwell would prefer to have this placed wherever the CONServative wants it. She is so desperate to rise ranks that she never harbours concerns for her Constituency, and she lacks the skills for making her own decisions, which is not a high bar when you see the Front Bench.
Let me guess. If this was placed in Blackbird Leys or Rose Hill it would have been passed with barely a mutter from the Planning Commission, because there is nothing like the vulnerable being placed in the most inappropriate locations, and those Dementia sufferers are so disruptive! All I can say is karma catches up with everyone one day. Nicola Blackwell would prefer to have this placed wherever the CONServative wants it. She is so desperate to rise ranks that she never harbours concerns for her Constituency, and she lacks the skills for making her own decisions, which is not a high bar when you see the Front Bench. gans shakes
  • Score: 3

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