Planning Inspectorate inquiry into Apple Hill plans

Planning Inspectorate inquiry into Apple Hill plans

Luke Matthews

Planning Inspectorate inquiry into Apple Hill plans

A three day inquiry into a decision to reject plans to turn a care home into a mental health hospital is due to finish tomorrow.

Operator Henley Healthcare Ltd appealed to the Planning Inspectorate after the Royal Borough objected to proposals for the Apple Hill care home in Henley Road to become a community hospital specialising in mental health for over-18s.

The home was served with an enforcement notice in December after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission found it to be housing residents younger than regulations allowed.

This morning, teams representing both sides debated why planning permission was required to change the use of a nursing home to a hospital.

In an email correspondence, which was distributed, principal planning officer Peter Carey described how, although it would not usually be required, a condition in Apple Hill's planning permission stated: 'The building shall be used only as a residential care home for the elderly and no other purposes.'

The enforcement notice regarding the age of the residents was also discussed.

The inquiry is being held at Maidenhead Town Hall.

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