Care home to bring new life to ex–antique centre?

A DECISION on plans to turn a former antiques centre into a care home has been deferred by planners at West Lindsey.

The Brownlow at Faldingworth is one of the village’s most significant buildings and served as a public house before it became an antique centre and then a private house.

Plans to change the use of the building to a ten-bedroomed residential care home for adults with severe learning difficulties was refused in June this year.

Although recommended for approval by the Council’s planning officer, the Development Management Committee refused the plans on the basis the village lacks services and facilities, and in particular health services.

Now applicants, Kisimul Group Ltd, have resubmitted their application .

The group already runs a senior school, for students aged 16 to 19 years of age, at nearby Friesthorpe.

In support of their application, the group says it is ‘desirable to move pupils into an adult care regime in familiar surroundings with familiar faces.’

It was also said the lack of facilities would not be a problem as ‘the learning disabilities of our adults are significant and the levels of autism such that, unfortunately many are just not able to use such facilities or would even want to’.

At the development management committee meeting on September 21, Faldingworth Parish Council requested the application be refused, as did Ward Member Coun Malcolm Parish.

Committee members had mixed views on the proposal and it was finally agreed a decision on the application would be deferred.

Negotiations will now take place to agree a travel plan to secure the sustainability of the development.