Thumbs down to care home is a relief for worried villagers

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People in Saracen’s Head are breathing a sign of relief after plans to turn a bed and breakfast into a care home were turned down.

Pipwell Manor, a Grade II-listed building in Washway Road, was wanted by Surrey-based care provider Regard Partnership as a care home for young people with learning disabilities.

But the plans were thrown out by South Holland District Council’s planning committee at a meeting last Wednesday after objections from about 20 residents.

Committee members voted unanimously against the plans as Saracen’s Head was deemed unsuitable for such a care home and because Regard already have two homes in the village.

Resident Erica Wicks said: “As a village, we’ve lost that vibrant community spirit but this is one thing that has pulled us all together.

“We already have two Regard care homes here and we were fairly euphoric when the council voted against having a third.”

Drummond Murdoch, Regard’s regional director for East Anglia, said: “If the plans were given the go-ahead, children from the Lincolnshire area would have been assessed for their suitability of living at Pipwell Manor before anyone moved in.”