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Care UK wins right to build Wilmslow scheme on appeal

Care UK has been granted planning permission to build a 60-bed care home in Wilmslow on appeal.

Planning inspectors overturned Cheshire East Council’s refusal of the scheme located on Manchester Road.

Cheshire East knocked back the proposals on overdevelopment grounds but this was rejected by the Planning Inspectorate, which ruled that the impact of demolishing two detached properties with a single building would not harm the character and appearance of the area.

The Planning Inspectorate also found “compelling” evidence that the Care UK development is necessary due to “significant current unmet need for care home spaces in the area, and that this need will continue to grow in the future”.

Care UK lodged plans with Cheshire East Council in April 2020 for a two-story development with 27 beds at ground level and 33 beds on the first floor.

Each bedroom is designed to be ensuite, but assisted bathrooms would also be provided.

The design includes public and semi-private facilities such a cafe, hairdresser and cinema.

In addition, the development includes a dedicated car park for 33 vehicles, including two disabled parking spaces.

Care UK anticipates the Wilmslow home would generate approximately 65 full-time equivalent jobs, including a maximum of 34 staff on-site.

The development is approximately 0.5 hectares in size and is located 0.7 miles from Wilmslow town centre.

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