Decision due on 41 homes and nursing home in Chard
A decision on whether to allow 41 affordable homes and a 68 bedroom elderly care home to be built in Chard was due to be made last night.
Officers at South Somerset District Council had recommended that councillors grant permission for the application on Thorndun Park Drive.
If approved the scheme put forward by Abbey Manor Developments Ltd will be built on Plot One of the Chard Business Park, with the care home creating around 70 full time jobs.
The nursing home would be built at the front of the plot and the affordable housing scheme would go at the rear.
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In his report Andrew Dunn, council officer said: "There is a high level of housing need in Chard.
"Currently there are 544 households on the register seeking Chard as their preferred place to live.
"Plot One has been vacant since the creation of Chard Business Park in the mid 1990s, despite the ongoing marketing.
"This particular vacant site is a conspicuous feature of the Business Park and deserves a high quality development.
"Refusal of this application will mean that Plot One will be returned to the market at a time when viable development proposals are scarce.
"The plot could remain undeveloped for some further time."
"Nursing homes on this scale tend to generate around one job per bed-space, so it
would be reasonable to assume that this scheme could create approximately 70 full time jobs for the Chard area.
"The actual number of jobs created is likely to be higher if part-time jobs are taken into account.
"The employment generated by this scheme will cover a wide range of skills and this would be a very welcome addition to the limited employment opportunities in the town."
The proposed care home will provide specialist residential care for the elderly, including dementia care, in a building that will meet the latest Care Quality Commission standards.
The site will be accessedfrom Jarman Way and 72 car parking spaces will be provided for the proposed dwellings along with 11 spaces for the care home and an additional 12 spaces for visitors of both.
South Somerset District Council was due to make a decision last night.