Worksop: Neighbours tell care home ‘enough is enough’

Ashley Care Home, Worksop G131204-1a
Ashley Care Home, Worksop G131204-1a

Plans to extend a Worksop care home have been knocked back by councillors to the relief of residents living nearby, 90 of whom objected to it.

Ashley Care Centre on Sunnyside had applied for a 20 bed two storey extension to its existing facility, which lies within a conservation area.

It currently provides residential and respite care for up to 49 elderly people.

Care home owner Lee Patil has had several similar planning applications refused pending revisions.

A report presented to last Wednesday’s Bassetlaw Council planning committee said ‘a clear attempt has been made to address concerns’.

Officers said this involved issues of scale, design and impact, and improving relationships with existing residents.

It reads: “It is considered that any harm caused to the conservation area by the proposed extension has been removed or reduced to acceptable degree. The balanced view therefore is that the application can be supported.”

But residents turned out in force to object, and councillors eventually turned the plans down again.

Sunnyside resident Carl Oszko said: “We are not against the home but against the sheer size and dominance of this development.”

He said its size was ‘overpowering’, it was out of character with the surrounding area, there were worries over extra traffic and road safety, and the impact on the conservation area.

He concluded: “Enough is enough. These plans have not really changed over the past eight or nine years.”

Ashley Care Centre general manager Amit Patil said afterwards: “We understand neighbours may take issue with us because it has been going on a while. But reviving an empty piece of land like this seemed in the best interests of the neighbourhood.”

“Building and staffing it will give the area a jobs boost. We are a good service. Our CQC inspection did not require any improvements. We hold a quality award and we want to provide more of that care for the community.”

“We will await councillors’ reasons for refusal before deciding how to proceed.”