A care home extension has been slammed as ‘ugly’ and looking like ‘a prison’ by councillors.
A decision on the ‘necessary’ 48-bed expansion, at Tanglewood Hunters Creek, on London Road, was deferred at the recent committee meeting. Council officers will now discuss ways to improve the design with the applicants.
Coun Alison Austin had asked for the plans to come before the committee for discussion, saying people would ‘either love them or hate them’.
All the councillors agreed the town needed accommodation for elderly residents, with Coun Bob McAuley saying there was a ‘huge necessity for this type of care home’.
Coun Paul Gleeson said he had no problems with the expansion but said: “It’s too big for the site, it’s too imposing and it’s too ugly.”
Councillor Mike Brookes also agreed the care home didn’t look good, while Couns Alan Lee and Derek Richmond worried the plan aimed ‘to get as many rooms on the site as possible’.
Coun Yvonne Gunter said: “I can’t support it, it’s an awful building. I think it looks like a prison!”
Councillors agreed the main issue seemed to be the colour and shape of the roof, especially when compared with the existing care home.
Coun David Witts, however, said he liked the design, but pointed out a few ways to improve it if needed - including changing the roof design.
Council officer Paul Edwards said councillors could refuse applications ‘of poor design that fail to improve the quality of character of an area’ however he said that was very subjective.
He said a better option might be to defer the application so officers could look at it again.
Councillors voted in favour of deferring the application by six votes to two.
When contacted by The Standard after the meeting, Adele Endersbee, PA to the directors of Tanglewood, said the company did not wish to comment on the meeting.