Ideal Carehomes loses appeal for Cheshire site

Ideal Carehomes has lost its battle to build a 66-bed development in Cuddington near Northwich in Cheshire.

The Planning Inspectorate backed Cheshire West & Chester Council’s refusal of the care home in June 2019 on visual impact grounds.

In its appeal against that ruling, Ideal Carehomes argued refusal of the development would exacerbate a shortfall of care bed provision in the local area.

The planning inspector ruled the provision of care beds, however, would be outweighed by the harm that the proposal would cause to the character and appearance of the surroundings.

Inspector Jenkins said the three-storey care home would have been “an overbearing and obtrusive addition” to the locality and “incongruous in the context of the neighbouring more modest one and two-storey buildings”.

Ideal Carehomes lodged the application to build the 66-bed care home in Cuddington in January 2019.