Plans have been rejected for a 48-unit assisted living property after neighbours voiced their opposition to them.
An application to build the development in Rickmansworth’s Beeson Yard, a former industrial site, was put forward by NL Care Property last August, and would provide a site for elderly people to live on their own whilst also receiving day-to-day care and benefitting from on-site community-based facilities.
However, at a meeting of Three Rivers District Council (TDRC)’s planning committee on January 20, councillors rejected the scheme in a 5-0 vote, with five others abstaining.
The proposal had caused controversy with nearby residents, with multiple dissenting comments being left on the application’s page on the council’s planning website. Reasons for opposition included the “imposing” size of the building, which itself could also have led to a reduction in sunlight for the surrounding buildings, and a lack of available parking spaces. This resistance had also made its way to local councillors.
Despite the applicants arguments that the development remaining within the parameters of council policy, satisfaction with the plans from local planning officers and changes to the plans in response to the residents’ concerns, councillors weren’t convinced.
It was Conservative Cllr Debbie Morris for Moor Park & Eastbury being the one who put forward the plan’s rejection, based on the grounds of the impact it would have on the street scene and the potential negative impact it could have on neighbourhood amenities.