Fury at plans for 90 bedroom care home in St Leonards

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Residents have expressed their anger at plans to build a ‘colossal’ 90 bedroom care home in the middle of a busy residential area.

A developer has applied for planning permission to build the facility on derelict land at 32-36 Chapel Park Road.

The application includes on site parking provision of 20 spaces for staff and visitors – but neighbours say this is not enough.

They fear that the lack of spaces will force motorists to park in the busy road, and that a lack of a service area will further add to the problem.

Speaking on behalf of a group of residents, Sue Groves said: “There’s no service area, there’s nowhere for ambulances to go.

“They are all going to queue to park in the road.

“It’s a rat run for taxis, it’s a school run and there’s a nursery with toddlers coming at all hours of the day.”

Peter Groves added: “From top to bottom you have to stop to let traffic past, five times minimum.”

The East Sussex County Council Highway Authority has lodged its own objection, branding the on site parking provision ‘inadequate’.

Karl Pegler, from ESCC, said if the plans are approved, a nearby narrowed crossing point would have to be moved and drainage, street lighting and road markings would have to be changed.

Moving the crossing point would also likely need a traffic regulation order, which would require a public consultation, he added.

Mrs Groves said of the home: “It will be five storeys high at the front which is taller than all our houses. They will be blocking out all our light.

“It’s going to be a colossal building.”

Residents have also raised concerns about the developer’s plans to reduce and move a badger sett.

Hastings Borough Council will make a decision at a later date.

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