Care home boss claims ‘Villagers are NIMBYs’

Villagers attend meeting at Spratton Village Hall to object to plans for Broomhill expansion

Villagers attend meeting at Spratton Village Hall to object to plans for Broomhill expansion

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A further war of words has broken out over plans to extend a care home, with the man behind the plans labelling objectors as NIMBYs.

Kingsley-based St Matthew’s Healthcare wants to expand the site at Broomhill, in Holdenby Road, Spratton, from 15 beds to 99, but faces fierce opposition from village residents.

Director Sean Sidhu-Brar wrote to Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris to answer concerns constituents had raised, and was highly critical of the objectors.

About 200 villagers attended a public meeting earlier this month to object to the plans.

Mr Sidhu-Brar said: “In the present climate you would have thought we would have received support from local people, councillors and MPs, but a few NIMBYs, led by my immediate neighbour Paul Honeywell, appear to have whipped up a frenzy.

“If Mr Honeywell and his motley crew were to be believed, my company is building a mini-Alcatraz with mental patients making regular sorties into the village, assaulting and attacking the poor defenceless citizens of Spratton.”

In response, Mr Honeywell said: “I appreciate you will have been dismayed by the number of objectors, but that is democracy in action.”

St Matthew’s Healthcare director Sean Sidhu-Brar has also written to Daventry District Council in support of his application.
In it, he says the plans constitute a sustainable development which will benefit the economy, and says there is also the need for the development.
He said: “This area of Northamptonshire has a particular, acute and worsening need for care beds. 
“Nationally, there is a growing need for beds due factors including an ageing population and increased levels of age-related illnesses.”

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