Revised plans for Letchworth care home to go on display

Site of Lannock Primary School on which a planning application has gone in to build a care home

Site of Lannock Primary School on which a planning application has gone in to build a care home - Credit: Archant

A PUBLIC exhibition will be held for residents to voice their opinions on revised proposals to turn a former primary school into a residential care home and day care centre.

Last year a planning application was made to North Herts District Council (NHDC) by Quantum Care Ltd to turn the former Lannock School site on Whiteway, Letchworth GC, into a three-storey, 90-bedroom residential care home.

But nearby residents raised concerns over the proposed height of the building, the access into and out of the care home, and the general design of the building, which they said did not fit in with the area.

The planning application was subsequently withdrawn.

Quantum Care Ltd is keeping tight-lipped about the revised plans, but will unveil them at a public exhibition on Tuesday, where members of the public will be asked to come forward with their thoughts. They declined to comment to the Comet.

Councillor David Levett, who is a member of NHDC representing Letchworth GC, said: “The care home is needed and it would be a good use of the site as long as they have listened to the concerns of the residents.

“There were many people who were for the concept of the care home but had issues with the design and layout. Hopefully these have now been addressed and I look forward to seeing the revised proposals.”

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Whiteway resident Mick Bee said: “It is pleasing they have responded to our concerns, but it will remain to be seen as to how much they have listened to us.

“We have no idea what the new plans look like because we’ve not been involved in the design of the plans.”

If the proposal is still to build the care home at a three-storey height, residents living on Whiteway could have their views blocked to the rear of their homes.

Speaking about the original application made last year, resident Arto Viravorian said: “The height from the top of the building compared to the height of my view is far too high; all of a sudden there will be a brick wall going up. The care home needs to be lowered to a two-storey rather than a three.”

The site also has outline planning permission for residential developments.

The primary school closed in August 2009. The exhibition will be held at Kings Community Church, Whiteway, Letchworth GC on Tuesday, from 3pm to 8pm.

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