Care home plan ‘is monstrous’By Hugh Fort
July 11, 2012
Revised plans for a care home in Sandhurst have been branded a “monstrous carbuncle” by neighbours.
The plans from the Anchor Trust to build the 89-bed home in Eagle House Field off Crowthorne Road were criticised by people living near the site. The fierce protest led to the plans being withdrawn.
Now the Trust has come back to Bracknell Forest Council with a revised plan for the site it hopes will be welcomed by neighbours.
Proposals have been revised to alter the home’s distance to neighbouring properties, as well as the height and design.
Hardev Thandy, Anchor property development manager, said: “We wanted to get this application right so we reviewed and amended the plans to take into consideration the comments we received during discussions with the council and neighbouring residents.
“We believe we now have a scheme that can deliver the high quality care for older people that is needed in the area and is more sympathetic to the local community in terms of design, landscaping and layout.”
But, Dr Stephen Thomas, chairman of Longdown Lodge Estate Residents’ Association, is still unhappy about the plans. He went to a meeting of Sandhurst Town Council’s planning committee on Monday to learn more about the new plans.
He said: “There was a strong sense of deja vu at the planning meeting regarding this proposal.
“Another re-run of the eulogy for Anchor Homes’ probity, the same arguments in favour of this monstrous carbuncle which is a three-storey building adjacent to bungalows, the need for tidying up of the field, the imminent desperate need for residential care for the ageing population of baby boomers, proceeded by a complete lack of contact from our elected representatives.
“This time, to be fair, they did give slight credence to the flood of negative comments which the previous proposal elicited, and possibly toned down the dismissal of all objections somewhat.
“This proposal has been astutely timed to coincide with the holiday period, and, so far, Bracknell Forest's website only displays a single comment from a member of the public, though there is now less than a fortnight in which to record one’s response.
“Register your sentiments with Bracknell Forest Council, once it’s gone, it’s gone.”
Details of the plans are available at www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk