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Care home planning appeal

Updated: Jan 11, 2022

The story so far…

  • Care UK’s initial application submitted September 2020.

  • Over 40 residents submitted objections.

  • Some Wiltshire Council departments raised no objections but others recommended rejection of the application.

  • Care UK resubmitted their application in January 2021 with a lengthy, but not totally convincing rebuttal, of resident and council objections. 

  • Further comments submitted by 30 residents.

  • Wiltshire Council formally refused the application in May 2021.

  • Care UK submitted an appeal requesting an appeal following a six-day (Care UK’s assessment of time required) Public Inquiry in November 2021.

‘The Appellant’s Statement of Case’ sets out the grounds for the appeal. This runs to 62 pages of narrative and 250 pages of appendices and attachments – much of which duplicates the original applications. 

View this document


Let your voice be heard…

All new or amended comments will be considered by the Planning Inspector as part of the appeal process. You can submit your comment by 3 August:

Quote case reference number 3276908


Holly Dutton, The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3J, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol BS1 6PN


Wiltshire Council will robustly oppose the appeal on a number of grounds including,

  • the need for a new care home in this locality

  • heritage

  • conservation

  • planning policy.

And of course The Pickwick Association has and will continue to provide support to the council on these points, especially on the heritage and conservation aspect for which we can draw on our specialist knowledge and experience in this area. 


Of very considerable concern is that the council seems likely to agree with Care UK’s assessment in the following areas:

  • ‘The proposed development would have minimal impact on traffic or pedestrian safety’.

Almost all residents’ objections, based on the everyday practicalities of negotiating this stretch of road are totally at odds with this assessment.

  • ‘The development would have a minimal impact on adjoining homes’.

Objections raised by residents of adjoining homes and many others are in fundamental disagreement with this assessment. 

Pickwick Association chairman, David Taylor, says: “The Pickwick Association’s submission to the Planning Inspectorate will endeavour to ensure that residents’ strongly expressed views on these and other issues are taken into account by the Planning Inspector.”


The deadline for your comments is 3 August. Quote case reference number 3276908

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