The application for a care home on the site of 180 Ringwood Road (Next to the Angel Inn) has been rejected on Appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.
The site, currently occupied by a bungalow, is relatively small and was always contentious being next to a public house, in close proximity to housing and located on a busy road with potentially risky access.
We live in an area which already feels overrun with care homes with more being built . Therefore most residents will see this as a victory for common sense.
However, the refusal ultimately hinged on the local environment in that “the proposal would be contrary to CS Policy ME1 and those parts of the Framework that seek to protect, maintain and enhance the condition of European Sites and SSSIs”. All of the other considerations raised by the locality seem to have been discounted as not “decisive” and but for the above it is likely that this application would have succeeded.
Nevertheless, the community rose as one to combat this application so thanks are due to EDDC Planning Dept, Ferndown Town Council and to the residents and businesses for vehemently opposing this proposal from day 1 and through all of its stages.