Four parish councils against South Chailey Care Complex

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Opposition is growing to the latest plans for a large care facility in South Chailey.

Four parish councils, Chailey, East Chiltington, Plumpton and Hamsey, have all voted to object to the development.

The Retirement Villages Group Ltd is seeking to build a 40-bed nursing and dementia care home at Gradwell End, off Mill Lane.

It would include 40 extra care apartments and cottages. All residents would be over the age of 65.

Campaigners against the Gradwell Park proposals have conducted a survey of local residents which resulted in 99.9 per cent of all responses objecting. They say it would have a detrimental impact on the area and is in an unsustainable location.

Although the latest Gradwell Park plans have been scaled down, opponents say it is still outside the Planning Boundary, would occupy an area of approximately 90 per cent of Chailey School grounds and would turn an undeveloped Greenfield site into a large exclusive care home.

They say the cost of the devlopment prices it out of the reach of the majority and there would be major disruption along Mill Lane during lengthy building work.

Lewes District Council threw out the original Gradwell Park application in June last year.

Now the scheme has been scaled down by 30 per cent in terms of unit numbers.

Development director David Phillips said: “We are persisting with this application because our own research and that of experts in the field shows that there is a real need for this type of care service in this part of the District.”

Mr Phillips said the care facility would provide progressive support for older people as their own or their spouse’s health deteriorates.