Lancashire care home plan on hold over worries about access

On hold: Proposals for the former Deepdale Day Centre were discussed at a meeting
On hold: Proposals for the former Deepdale Day Centre were discussed at a meeting
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A decision on plans to tear down a day centre and replace it with a care home has been put on hold following concerns raised by councillors over access to the site.

An application to build a 96-bedroomed residential care home, following the demolition of the former Deepdale Day Centre, in Sir Tom Finney Way, were discussed at Preston Council’s planning committee this week.

The plans were recommended for approval but following a debate by councillors the decisions was deferred.

The report before the committee stated: “The proposed development would not have any unacceptable impacts upon residential amenity, ecology, landscaping and trees, street scene or the Fulwood Conservation Area. The proposed building would have a modern design incorporating a mixed materials palette, which would be acceptable and the building would achieve BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating.”

But councillors raised a number of concerns over the access to the site.

The meeting heard that the proposed development would include landscaping and outdoor space, as well as 30 car parking spaces.

The council received a letter of objection from the Healthcare Centre in Flintoff Way and also a letter of support from a doctor at the same Healthcare Centre.

Coun Terry Cartwright, who represents Deepdale ward, said: “I wasn’t pushing for it to be refused but I hate to see the building coming down.”

Coun Cartwright said the applicant needed to show how it would manage to get vehicles in and out of the site safely.

He described is as an “awkward site” and said there is concerns over dangers on the road for both motorists and pedestrians.