A significant two storey extension to the Grade II Listed Casterbridge Manor care home in Cerne Abbas. The development will provide 20 extra care housing living units, specialist housing accommodation with care and support services provided by the existing care home.
Focussed around four individual blocks which are arranged into a loose cruciform shape to echo the historical layout of the existing building. Subservient in scale to the listed building, the new wing will be finished with a green bio-diverse roof, Purbeck stone at ground floor and natural timber cladding at first floor. An ‘internal street’ will provide a bright and stimulating social environment for residents, staff and visitors to the building. Large windows will maximise light for the occupants and a single storey glazed communal lounge sensitively links the old and the new buildings.
Despite being contrary to local plan policy, being outside the settlement boundary of the village, located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, within sight of a Grade I monument, approval was granted following a constructive pre application process with the local authority, public consultation with the local community and presentations to the Parish Council. The officers considered the layout and design responded carefully and uniquely to its specific context and site constraints and the proposal will result in no significant harm.