St Helens Road planning application approved

At a meeting on 11 January, members of the council’s Area Planning Sub Committee approved plans to demolish 27 St Helens Road and extend the Abbeyfield House care home on Regency Mews to include 17 extra care flats and 8 dementia care flats.

Councillor Stephen Fenton joined  local residents at the meeting to ask the committee to refuse the application. Stephen focused his remarks on the impact that the development would have on the Wendy House Day Nursery, which has served local families for over 27 years.

Despite the concerns raised by the speakers, the committee voted unanimously to accept the officer recommendation that the application be approved.

A webcast of the meeting can be viewed at

St Helens Road development recommended for approval

The proposal to extend the Abbeyfield House care home to include specialist 17 extra care flats and 8 dementia care units is being recommended for approval. The proposal involves the demolition of 27 St Helen’s Road.

Officials are set to shun the objections made by 57 residents, the ward planning panel and local Ward Councillors. The objectors raise a wide range of issues including inadequate parking provision, overlooking, drainage, scale, massing, impact on the nearby children’s nursery and loss of open space.

Residents can attend the planning meeting which will discuss the plans. It takes place on Thursday 11th January starting at 4:30pm

Details of the officers report can be read by clicking here