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New Tadley care home in Pinks Lane to go ahead despite opposition
A NEW care home is to be created in Tadley despite objections from some local residents and town councillors.
Red Roof, in Pinks Lane, is set to be transformed into an eight-bed residential care home, where people with learning disabilities will live.
The borough council’s development control committee heard that the facility will be a “home from home” for disabled people.
Tracey Bridgman, director of referrals at Choice Pathways Ltd, which made the application, spoke about the need for the care home.
She said: “There is a high demand for a care home to be built in this area. The people who we care for are individuals who have learning disabilities, and people who can’t live alone.”
She added that residents at the care home would probably live there “for years” and said that they hoped to build good relationships within the community.
She said that Fairview, another Choice Pathways care home also operating in Pinks Lane, had never sparked any complaints from neighbours, adding: “One of our neighbours regularly joins us for Christmas dinner. We want to integrate into the local community.”
The town council had objected to the proposal because of concerns over parking. Three letters of objection argued that the care home will result in the loss of a family home, have an adverse impact on traffic, cause parking problems and will change the character of the area.
A petition, signed by seven people, also raised concerns over disturbing noises coming from the home, an over-concentration of care homes in the area, and an additional strain on local amenities.
Speaking before he proposed that councillors should approve the application, Councillor David Leeks advised Mrs Bridgman to look carefully at the parking situation and to make sure there was adequate provision for residents and staff.
Cllr Marilyn Tucker seconded the application, which was approved unanimously by councillors.
Speaking after the meeting, Mrs Bridgman said she was “delighted” with the result.
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