PLANS for an 84-bed nursing home in Leominster have been discussed.

Specialist care developer Oculus Supported Living and Muller Property Group have applied to construct the home on a site currently occupied by Conod’s of Leominster and Barons Cross garage haulage yard.

The Leominster Town Council Planning and Highways Committee discussed the application on October 30. Whilst they were not against the project in principle, the councillors did outline some concerns.

One of the issues identified was the site's proposed access arrangements, which councillor Jill Hanna described as a ‘death trap’.


Another worry was that the large building would stand out amongst the nearby red brick houses.

“For the people living close to it, it’s going to be massive,” said councillor Jenny Bartlett.

“It’s three stories, I mean, that is just so not in keeping.”

The group also flagged tree preservation orders, crossings, the number of vehicles needed, water, sewage, and the proposed new housing development that may be built nearby as subjects for further scrutiny.

The benefits of the home were also considered, however, as the home would be designed specifically to cater to its residents and would reduce the number of lorries travelling to and from the existing garage and haulage yard.

Councillor Clive Thomas said: “As the site is at the moment, it’s a mess.

“It would tidy it up.”