Hurstwood View care home at Five Ash Down which could be extended. It currently has 55 beds and 15 close care apartments.

Plans submitted to extend care home in Five Ash Down

Plans have been submitted to extend Hurstwood View care home in Five Ash Down, near Uckfield.

A proposal before Wealden Council is to create eight new bedrooms, additional day space and 17 car parking spaces.

The home, which is run by Barchester Healthcare, currently has 55 beds and 15 close care apartments.

Two storeys

The extension would be in two sections over two storeys giving an additional 263 sq m internal space.

One of the extensions would be to a wing at the back of the home, with four bedrooms on the ground floor and four bedrooms, plus a lounge and two stores, on the first floor.

A second extension would be in the centre at the back of the building. It would include a summer room on the ground floor and balcony on the first floor.

Extra parking

The extra parking spaces would be created within the existing area at the front of the site on the right as you look at the building.

Documents submitted with the planning application say the additional bedrooms “will have minimal impact on the Ashdown Forest because the residents are elderly frail and limited in their abilities to venture beyond the site itself”.

They add that the additional parking spaces will assist with alleviating any current parking or traffic issues currently present in the operation of the home.

Over-provision

Highways England says the proposals over-provide parking for a care home where parking is already provided in excess of East Sussex County Council standards.

It adds: “The additional parking spaces would further promote single occupancy car travel to the care home.”

Highways England requests a Transport Report to justify the additional parking spaces.

Prominent

It recommends that no part of the development is occupied until the car parking spaces have been built and says the areas should be retained afterwards for parking and not be used other than for the parking of motor vehicles.

Buxted Parish Council says the development is already quite prominent within the landscape and it would be concerned if there was any additional development. But it does not object to the application.

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