Concerns remain over the level of car parking at a proposed 80-bed care home on a Bury St Edmunds estate - despite an increase by developers.
Care UK has included five extra car parking spaces in its proposals for Glastonbury Court taking the total number to 34 following objections by the community.
The company wants to demolish the current 48 bed care home and build the new two-storey facility with a separate well-being centre for the elderly.
In six letters to St Edmundsbury Borough Council, residents say there is ‘already insufficient parking on site’ and the scheme ‘will lead to on street parking in the wider area’. Meanwhile, a petition with 141 signatures has been submitted arguing permission not be granted unless the maximum parking spaces recommendation of Suffolk County and St Edmundsbury Borough Councils is ‘strictly complied with’.
When asked whether the five space increase is enough, Philip Jude, vice-chairman of Horringer Court Resident’s Association, said: “Those to whom I’ve spoken would prefer more.”
A report to St Edmundsbury’s development control committee, which is recommended to approve the care home plans on Thursday, says parking falls within the Highways Authority’s maximum standards and is ‘considered appropriate’.
Chris Hopkinson, regional operations director for Care UK, said: “Based on our experience we’re entirely confident the 34 car parking spaces will be appropriate, without leading to pressures to park on surrounding roads or in the car park which serves nearby shops.”