PLANS to extend a care home which closed earlier this year following a damning inspection report have been given the green light.
Cranford Residential Care Home was temporarily closed this summer and two members of staff dismissed after an elderly Alzheimer’s sufferer was tormented with a toy rocket.
Now though, plans to extend the Warrington Road home and start afresh have been given the go-ahead by St Helens Council’s planning committee.
Although a police investigation did not lead to the CPS pressing charges, damning Care Quality Commission (CQC) reports showed that none of the government’s five key expected standards of care were being properly met.
Now, plans to significantly extend the home have been granted. There is set to be a single storey extension at the front to provide an office, boiler room and toilet and a single storey extension.
to boost the size of three bedrooms.
The conservatory is set to be demolished in favour of a new single storey sun lounge and a two storey extension will extend four further bedrooms.
Seven letters of objection were received by planners.
Among the issues raised were concerns about whether the home could be properly run if increased in size and a loss of privacy from the upstairs of neighbouring properties.
Residents also claimed that similar planning permission was refeused in the 1990s and they were assured that no further development would be considered.
In their decision notice, the council’s planning committee said: “The proposed development would be acceptable in terms of scale, design and materials within its setting and would be in character with the appearance of its surroundings.
“It would also be acceptable in terms of impact on affected neighbours, would avoid intrusion and undue dominance. Adequate parking accommodation would be provided on site in the interest of safeguarding amenity and highway safety.”