Row growing over care home expansion plans

St Matthews Health Centre, Spratton.
St Matthews Health Centre, Spratton.

The company behind a proposed 84-bed care home extension for mental health patients says it has “nothing to hide” over the plans.

The planned development at Broomhill, in Holdenby Road, Spratton, has provoked anger among some residents, who have raised concerns about its size and security.

The development would be around six times the size of the current home, which has a capacity of 15.

Other issues raised included the home’s proximity to two primary schools and the amount of traffic which would access it.

Kingsley-based St Matthew’s Healthcare has also been accused of deliberately applying at a time when people are on holiday, therefore giving them less time to object.

But Sean Sidhu-Brar, director of St Matthew’s Healthcare, insisted this was not the case.

He said: “We have nothing to hide. Ultimately it is up to the council to decide and that is the proper democratic way of doing it.

“The best people to ask about us are people who have loved ones with us.

“It is a 16-acre site we are talking about. There are three separate units of 28 beds, broken down into two sub-units of 14 beds. The entire building is within the existing garden wall.

“It has already been scaled down and it is not right to say it is too large for a 16-acre site.”

Mr Sidhu-Brar said he would attend a public meeting organised by concerned residents on the matter, which will be held at Spratton Primary School on Tuesday, September 4, at 7.30pm.

Residents have been contacting the Chron with their concerns, which they have also been voicing on social media sites.

Chris Savage, aged 48, of Main Street, Holdenby, said: “It seems to me they have slipped it in under the radar. It is a massive application, completely not in congruence with the area.

“It is disingenuous to call it a care home. There is a place for these facilities. We are a liberal democracy and we need to care for these people, but I don’t know where they are coming from with this.”

More than 120 people have joined a Facebook page called Oppose Large Scale Secure Care Home Development in Spratton, while an online petition has more than 100 signatures.

The plans are on Daventry District Council’s website, reference DA/2012/0514. The deadline to make representations to the council has been extended to September 18.