Update: Planning permission was refused for the revised scheme at the meeting on 5th April 2018.
Historic England has recently decided not to list Harecombe Manor, nevertheless the building was recognised for its contribution to the local character of the area. Members of the Planning Committee also thought the new building would have been overbearing on its neighbours on Southridge Rise, that there was insufficient parking provided on site which would result in over-spill parking onto Southview Road near the hospital and there was not a sustainable scheme for dealing with foul and surface water.
Planning permission is being sought to demolish Harecombe Manor to make way for 45 new retirement apartments over six levels.
The facilities are to be classified as “extra care”; restricted to older people in need of a minimum care package. Residents will live independently in their own home, whilst benefiting from personal care support and a 24-hour emergency alarm system.
In addition to forty two 2-bed apartments and three 1-bed apartments, there will be some communal facilities, including a lounge, garden terrace and mobility buggy store.
As the Planning Statement, submitted as part of the application explains, Harecombe Manor was originally a substantial Victorian property that has been much extended over the years. It was latterly a Nursing Home until it was closed last year following an adverse inspection by the Care Quality Commission.
Harecombe Manor is on Southview Road and is located opposite Crowborough Hospital, the rear of the sloping site adjoins Southridge Rise.
You can view the planning application on Wealden District Council’s website (Ref: WD/2017/0909/MAJ): www.planning.wealden.gov.uk.