21 April 2016

Knights secures planning for St Quentin extension

Knights has successfully secured planning permission for a specialist dementia unit at St Quentin care home in Sandy Lane.

Having originally been refused by the local authority in 2014, permission for a 24 bed extension to the nursing home was granted this month, following a successful appeal by Knights.

Leading the project, Knights partner Carl Copestake said: “Our planning team undertook significant application work justifying the need for the care home extension. Unfortunately, this application was rejected following a judgement that the extension was out of character for the area.

“We challenged this judgement, and undertook our own comprehensive character appraisal to demonstrate compatibility - articulating the significant benefits that the proposal would deliver, including specialist housing and new jobs.

“We successfully demonstrated to a government inspector that the proposal comprises good design and would deliver much needed specialist housing accommodation in the borough. We are pleased that St Quentin has been awarded permission for the extension to provide essential dementia care in Newcastle.”

Emma Averill, owner and operator of St Quentin care home said: “We are delighted that the Planning Inspectorate have granted permission for the new unit, the lack of specialist high dependency care for patients with dementia is a growing concern, not just in Staffordshire, but across the country.

“We were really impressed with the professionalism and thorough work by Knights during the initial application and subsequent appeal, and look forward to now starting work on our extension.”

Knights is a UK top-70 law firm employing 350 professionals across seven offices and has ambitious plans to grow further. 

Carl continued: “Thanks to Knights’ alternative business structure we are able to provide non-law services such as planning to our clients, in addition to our traditional legal services. We all work as one team within a network of over 350 professionals and the firm has already recruited 120 professionals in 2016 so far.”