Two projects that could have delivered a combined 195 care home beds in the borough were refused by Wyre Council due to their “unacceptable impact on visual amenity”.
A 160-bedroom facility in Stalmine to be built by developer VOS was recommended for approval by Wyre’s planning officers but members of the planning committee rejected it.
The development was proposed for a seven-acre site off Strickland Lane, north-east of Blackpool.
The project comprised two care home buildings with 80 bedrooms each. VOS also requested outline consent for up to 50 homes on the site.
VOS’s project featured a salon, cinema, games rooms and bistro, all designed by NJSR Architects.
Stalmine Parish Council, Stalmine with Staynall Residents Association and local councillors all spoke out against the project. The list of objections included claims that the site is inappropriate for a care home as it is too far from GP surgeries, and that the proposals were “overbearing”.
On Coronation Road in Thornton Cleveleys, plans for a three-storey nursing home comprising 35 bedrooms was turned down on the same grounds as the Stalmine scheme.
These included that the “scale and massing and height of the buildings, would be out of keeping with the street scene character of this rural village location, resulting in an unacceptable impact on visual amenity”.