Care home and three-storey block of flats approved for Derbyshire town

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Plans for a care home and block of flats to replace two large houses on a site in Chesterfield has been approved by the borough council’s planning committee, despite objections from some of the residents who live nearby. Concerns over noise, privacy and extra traffic have been dismissed so the project can go ahead.

The site, on Avenue Road in Chesterfield, close to Whittington Moor Roundabout, had been occupied by two properties, however, those buildings, one of which contained a swimming pool and stretched over a large plot of land, have already been demolished. Currently, the land has a number of high piles of rubble on it that will need to be removed prior to any building work taking place.

However, now the two planning applications, seen by Derbyshire Live, have been approved, the whole site can be cleared so construction of the two separate projects can begin. According to the plans, the site will be split in half with one half being taken up by the care home and the other half by a three-storey residential block consisting of nine flats.

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Both sides of the site will be operated by Dignus Healthcare with the care home side being joined with a separate detached daycare unit and the creation of new access to the site and car parking areas.

The approved plans for the care home and associated buildings that'll occupy one side of the site on Avenue Road
The approved plans for the care home and associated buildings that’ll occupy one side of the site on Avenue Road

However, the plans didn’t go down well with everyone in the streets surrounding Avenue Road and some voiced their concerns to the planning authority prior to the plans being approved. Richard Varley lives on Avenue Road and questioned if the care home would be secure enough. He said: “We would object if the security of the area is affected and also if our privacy is not accounted for by people being able to see into our rear bedroom windows.”

Other concerns were also expressed when it came to the three-storey residential block. Marie Madin added: “I don’t think Avenue Road can cope with the extra traffic that a block of flats would bring (along with the proposed nursing home). Living in a property that adjoins the rear of the site, I fear we would lose what privacy we have.

“We would become overlooked by the flats. The trees on the plans that are supposed to provide screening fill me with dread. Will they be maintained or planted and forgotten about, allowing them to pose a risk to our property? Within the last 12 months, a lot of trees have been removed from that site as they were out of control.”

The three-storey residential block will have nine flats contained within it
The three-storey residential block will have nine flats contained within it

However, planning committee members in Chesterfield voted to allow the care home, detached daycare unit and the three-storey residential block to go ahead. The committee has issued a number of conditions that need to be met prior to construction starting on the site, however, it’s expected that work on the two projects will begin within the next three years.

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