Are nursing home beds housing or not housing?

6 Mar

Local reporters have picked up an interesting aside by Planning Inspector Anthony Thickett at the hearings for Ottery St Mary and Seaton this morning.

He asked whether nursing home places should be counted towards housing  allocations – after all, he mused, most people entering nursing homes give up a property for other people to move into.

EDDC has said in its Local Plan that nursing home beds or apartments should not be counted as housing but Mr Thickett seemed not quite so sure.

EDDC has planned nursing home beds for the Knowle site so the decision on this matters as it may add to overall allocated housing numbers for the town.

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