BARNEHURST: Residents lose four-year fight against development

AFTER fighting off three previous attempts, residents in Barnehurst have lost their battle to stop a care home being built in their street.

Bexley councillors bowed to the inevitable and voted by eight to six to approve plans for the 53-bed home in Stephen Road.

Applicants Carebase Ltd and Priory Developments have been forced to reduce the size and scale of their plans in the face of determined opposition by residents.

The applicants asked to replace 43,45 and 47 Stephen Road with a 62-bed home in 2006, which was rejected and 2007 asked for permission for a 60-bed home.

When this was refused, they appealed.

A government planning inspector rejected the appeal but only because of the size of the building and its nearness to the site boundaries, the building materials being used and the impact the building would have on views from Martens Grove Park.

In March the applicants returned with a scaled down version of the plans, but councillors were still unhappy and deferred a decision.

Last week, the applicants returned with further changes which were still not enough to satisfy residents and nearly half of the planning committee members.

Resident Philip Denyer told the meeting residents were not against the concept of a care home but opposed a three-storey building so close to the site boundaries.

He said the proposed home would still be a major presence on the skyline.

While some committee members agreed, Councillor John Eastaugh said they were giving residents false hope.

He added: “We can only go so far before the applicants win on appeal and I think that point has come.”

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8:33am Sun 25 Apr 10

A Crayford Resident says...

I feel for these residents but did you really believe that Bexley Council would consider your efforts and feelings. They never do. If they have a plan then it will always go ahead, despite them 'waiting for planning permission'. We have a new school being built and a vast housing estate all in one area and i do not know of one resident who wants them...........BUT Bexley council did.
How said that our local Conservative MP David Evernett could not support you as he actually lives in your area!
I feel for these residents but did you really believe that Bexley Council would consider your efforts and feelings. They never do. If they have a plan then it will always go ahead, despite them 'waiting for planning permission'. We have a new school being built and a vast housing estate all in one area and i do not know of one resident who wants them...........BUT Bexley council did. How said that our local Conservative MP David Evernett could not support you as he actually lives in your area! A Crayford Resident
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12:12pm Sun 25 Apr 10

MVJ says...

PLEASE STOP MOANING .GIVE SOME SOLUTION TO THIS ISSUE OR LETS JUST LINE OAPS UP AND SHOOT THEM .OR SEND THEM DOWN TO THE SEASIDE AND MOAN THEN THAT SEASIDE IS FULL OF OLD PEOPLE . MORE PLACES FOR OLDER PEOPLE FREE'S UP MORE 3 BED SEMI FOR YOUNGER PEOPLE.
PLEASE STOP MOANING .GIVE SOME SOLUTION TO THIS ISSUE OR LETS JUST LINE OAPS UP AND SHOOT THEM .OR SEND THEM DOWN TO THE SEASIDE AND MOAN THEN THAT SEASIDE IS FULL OF OLD PEOPLE . MORE PLACES FOR OLDER PEOPLE FREE'S UP MORE 3 BED SEMI FOR YOUNGER PEOPLE. MVJ
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