Plans for large drug rehabilitation centre in grounds of Passmores House

News / Wed 24th Jun 2020 at 04:22pm

PLANS for a large drug rehabilitation centre in the grounds of the old Passmores House are set to go before the planning committee at Harlow Council.

The proposal is for the conversion and extension of the existing house to form an 18-bed ancillary rehabilitation centre ancillary to nearby Passmores House. The extension would involve the demolition of the existing outbuildings. Five parking spaces are proposed.

The proposal would result in a change of use and the building to a residential institutional use providing additional rehabilitation centre beds which would be ancillary to the main Passmores House facility. As such, the proposed conversion and extension of the building would provide mainly bedrooms.

There would be 18 bedrooms, a communal lounge and a small clinic room.
Passmores House provides a rare facility which specialises in rehabilitation on a residential basis. It is considered to provide a high level of care and is supported by a local community group.

It is not proposed to provide a direct access between Passmores House and the ancillary accommodation at Kings Acre. This is in part due to there being a substantial wall and water feature to the southern boundary adjoining the application site and also as there is access via the vehicle access and public footways. As this would be on public footpaths the facility would not be self-contained. The applicants indicate that those housed at Kings Acre would be in the final stages of their treatment and that staff would be on hand or could be called in to deal with any issues should they arise.

The item has been “called in” by Great Parndon councillor David Carter “due to its wider public interest”.

The proposal will be discussed on Wednesday July 1st, via the Harlow Council YouTube channel

The full report can be found here.


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