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A report has backed plans to convert a former nursing home in Burntwood into flats.

Residents living near the old Southwinds Nursing Home on Chase Road have objected to the plan due to parking worries, as well as issues with the potential for anti-social behaviour if the building becomes multiple-occupancy.

The planning committee will hear concerns next week after the application was called in by Labour’s Cllr Laura Ennis.

But a report from a council official has recommended the scheme be given the go-ahead:

“The neighbours’ and Burntwood Town Council concerns regarding parking are noted. However, the development complies with standards as set out in the SPD.

“Staffordshire County Council’s highways department has raised no objection to the parking provision.

“A condition is imposed to ensure the parking provision is provided before the first occupation of the flats.”

Planning report on the former Southwinds Nursing Home

“No evidence”

The report also dismissed complaints over other potential issues:

“The concerns regarding anti-social behaviour are noted, however the scheme seeks to provide standard flats which does not necessarily result in anti-social forms of behaviour.

“It is also noted that no evidence has been provided to demonstrate that a significant increase in anti-social behaviour would be caused directly.

“The proposed development will deliver 10 additional smaller dwellings within the sustainable settlement of Burntwood.

“The proposal is not considered to have a detrimental impact upon the amenity of neighbouring residents.”

Planning report on the former Southwinds Nursing Home

The report will be discussed at a meeting of the planning committee on 16th December.

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.