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Residents call for council to refuse planning application for care home in Park Road, Leek.

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 11, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

From the left, Lizzie Kiddle, aged 31, Kevin Biddulph, aged 61, Rob Whittaker, aged 38, and Nick Lucking, aged 41, with the petition.

From the left, Lizzie Kiddle, aged 31, Kevin Biddulph, aged 61, Rob Whittaker, aged 38, and Nick Lucking, aged 41, with the petition.

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Residents are petitioning against a planning application for a care home on their street.

John Munroe Hospital Group has applied to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for permission to demolish a bungalow on a site in Park Road, Leek, and to build an independent care home in it's place for "the provision of nursing care for young women".

Park Road resident Rob Whittaker has now started a petition against the development.

The 38-year-old said: "We are against the concept of building such a care home in the middle of a quiet residential street.

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"Ultimately such a home is a business and this is a residential area.

"There is no indication really in the planning application about what it is going to be used for and no assurance what it will be used for in the future.

"There are also concerns that those who live in front of the site will have a three-storey building in front of them.

"Other concerns that have come out of the petition are parking, noise disturbance, and possible change of use in the future.

"I have collected around 50 signatures so far and once I have been around all the residents in this area, I will be presenting this petition to the district council planning department."

Lizzie Kiddle, aged 31, who has lived in Park Road for three-and-a-half years, has signed the petition against the planning application. She said: "I think we need to have care homes but it's not the right place to have one.

"I also think the plot is too small for what they want to put there.

"This is a residential area and not suitable for commercial use."

Kevin Biddulph, aged 61, who has lived in Park Road since the 1950s, added: "I don't mind if it was going to be a home for the elderly but, how the application reads, it is going to be some sort of refuge for young women."

The John Munroe Hospital Group is a mental health provider of "individualised, high quality, psychiatric rehabilitation."

The Group has a hospital in Rudyard and head office in Cross Street Mill, Leek.

The Post & Times has contacted John Munroe Hospital Group on several occasions for comments on the application but management have said they do not wish to comment at this time.

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