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Appeal: Extra care housing provides only ‘illusion’ of independent living

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An inspector has ruled that a proposed assisted living scheme in Cranbrook, Kent, would offer only ‘the illusion of independent living’, and should therefore fall under Class C2 (residential institution), for which no affordable housing contribution is required.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council had argued that because the development offered “independent living” for elderly people, it should fall under Class C3 (residential), which would require the appellant to make an affordable housing contribution.Inspector Richard Aston was not persuaded by this argument, noting that only those requiring at least 90 minutes of care a week would be........
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