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14-bed Linden Hill nursing home set to get go-ahead
CONTROVERSIAL plans for a new nursing home in Wellington are expected to be approved tonight (September 25).
Taunton Deane planners are set to give the go-ahead for Covenant Care’s application to build the 14-bed home for the elderly at Linden Hill.
The company already owns The Wheelhouse Care Home, but wants to build another facility next door.
The application, which was amended after criticism, comprises a 1½-storey building with the vast majority of new floor space being provided at ground floor level.
En-suite bedrooms, an ent-rance lobby and reception, lounge, dining area and a kit-chen make up the proposals.
Eight letters of objection from the public have been received since the amendment, following on from previous disapproval.
As reported in the County Gazette in May, Wellington Town Council objected to the proposals as councillors felt the location was “inappropriate” and would result in an “unacceptable” increase in traffic.
Dozens of campaigners also poured into a council meeting to have their say with many claiming the lack of parking would be “dangerous”.
Some residents also raised privacy concerns, but the amen-ded scheme removes windows from the principal elevation at first floor level.
Sandra Joyce, proprietor at nearby Linden House, feels the plans are unrealistic.
“As I know only too well, an establishment of that size req-uires at least one nurse on every shift, several care assistants, an activity co-ordinator, a cook, kit-chen assistant, housekeeping staff, maintenance staff, administrative support staff and a manager.
“It’s a huge over-development of the site.”
William Gillespie, owner of The Wheelhouse, was unavailable for comment.
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