Councillors to consider plans to turn former Spalding school into care home

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Plans to transform a former primary school in Spalding into a new care home facility, creating 30 full time jobs, will go before the South Holland District Council’s planning committee this week.

The proposal would see the former Goodfellows School in Spalding Common become a two and three storey care home facility with 60 bedrooms and parking for 22 cars.

The application, submitted by Country Court Care Ltd in Peterborough, is the second to be submitted following the council’s original refusal of the project in July 2016.

Proposed elevations of the new care facility

Reasons given for the refusal included that the designs would have a significant adverse impact on the character of the surrounding area by way of its layout, scale, and form.

It was also noted that original plans would have seen the removal of protected trees and that there would not be enough outdoor amenity space of sufficient quality for future occupants.

The latest applications include amended site plans to account for the trees and provide additional green space for residents.

Difference between plans originally submitted (left) and what Country Court Care Ltd now propose (right)

A decision on the application will be made by January 11.

In a covering letter regarding the resubmitted application, Matt Hubbard director of The Planning Hub, who is acting on behalf of Country Court Care Ltd said: “The overall footprint and scale of the building has been reduced in order to overcome the first reason for refusal on the original application, but this also benefits the proposed development in three more ways.”