Rejected Walden nursing home design

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District councilors told developers their designs for 72 additional care units on Radwinter Road lack imagination.

On Wednesday April 13, members of the Uttlesford District Council planning committee voted to send the designs back to the drawing board.

The plans were presented by nursing home specialists McCarthy and Stone.

Councilor Richard Freeman told members: “This is not a good introduction to the city.

“It’s the kind of thing you associate with the former Democratic Republic of Germany [sic.]. It’s rather institutionalized. “


One adviser said: “This is the kind of thing you would expect to find in the German Democratic Republic. [sic.]”
– Credit: provided by Uttlesford District Council


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Cllr Freeman said the proposed bungalows set back from the larger blocks would make good use of the land, although he said they “lacked imagination”.

Cllr Maggie Sutton told the members: “I am so sorry for Saffron Walden.”

In response, Mark Bryan, Divisional Development Director for McCarthy and Stone, said, “We are committed to providing attractive and much-needed residential development at this site, which will help meet a recognized and growing need for specialized housing for individuals. seniors and affordable housing in Saffron Walden. “


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