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Learning disability care home plan blocked
9:00am Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
CONTROVERSIAL plans to set up a home in Weeley for people with learning disabilities have been blocked.
Maison Homes wanted to convert a large bungalow in Thorpe Road into a care home for five young adults.
But the proposals were unanimously rejected by Tendring Council's planning committee after they ignored officers' recommendations for approval.
Maison Homes' agent Steve Norman said they already operated four homes in the district which provided high-quality support so people could maximise their potential.
He said trained staff would provide round-the-clock support in a "family home" environment.
But councillors claimed care homes could cause problems for neighbouring residents.
Residents objecting to the proposals said they had the "highest respect" for the work done by Maison Care but they did not want a home at the site.
They claimed there were traffic and parking concerns, and feared property prices would plummet if the facility got the go-ahead.