6.16.2 Nursing Homes

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​​​​​​6.16.2 Nursing Homes

In the light of an increasing ageing population, it is anticipated there will be increasing investment in developing a range of facilities for the elderly.  Nursing homes and residential care homes should be integrated wherever possible into the residential areas of towns and villages where residents and staff can avail of reasonable access to local services.  The Council recognises that nursing homes should not only be provided in established urban areas but also in appropriate rural areas.  In rural areas it is preferable that nursing homes be located within the existing network of smaller towns and villages within the county to serve rural demand. Development Management Requirements

In determining planning applications for a change of use from a residential dwelling or other building to a nursing home or for the construction of new build facilities the following will be considered:

  • Compliance with the standards as laid down in Health Act 2007 (Care and Welfare of Residents in Designated Centres for Older People) Regulations 2009 and the Health Act 2007 (Care and Welfare of Residents in Designated Centres for Older People) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 (or any such other relevant standards and legislation that may be enacted);
  • The proximity to local services and facilities,
  • The effect on the amenities of adjoining properties
  • Whether such a use would not give rise to a traffic hazard
  • Adequate visitor and employee car parking spaces and turning areas;
  • Adequate access and turning areas for emergency vehicles;
  • Adequate provision of private open space;
  • Pedestrian linkages to existing social and community facilities within the settlement;
  • Facilities to cater for a range of occupants ranging from those seeking semi-dependant living accommodation to those requiring a high level of care
  • Whether the size and scale are appropriate to the area.