Since closing in December 2016, the site of the former Chilterns End Care Home, off Greys Road is still not on the market to be sold due to the lease still being paid after 2 1/2 years.
The site was identified in the Joint Neighbourhood Plan to be developed for 27 residential units. The Order of St John Care Trust ran the care home and they moved their residents to a new purpose-built care home, Chilterns Court next to Townlands when it closed.
Nearly 2 years ago, in August 2017, Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak who was running for County Councillor in that year’s elections called for action on the old Chilterns End Care Home site. He said, “I was stunned and surprised by County Councillor David Nimmo-Smith comment last week about what is happening with the sale of the old Chilterns End Care Home site which is owned by Oxfordshire County Council. ”They (OCC) have got lots of property all over the county. I don’t know when Henley will be looked at. The Chiltern’s End Care Home was included in the Henley and Harpsden Neighbourhood Plan 4 years ago and it will not be looked into for another 2 years. This site is worth £5,000,000 and it will take OCC 6 years to do nothing. Plus the site is costing OCC money for all of the associated security.”
A spokesperson from Order of St John Care Trust, said, “OCP (Oxfordshire Care Partnership – a joint venture between OSJCT (the care provider) and bpha (the social housing provider)) has a lease with OCC until 2061. The parties are in negotiation so that the site can be returned to the Council and the lease terminated early. We hope the matter will be resolved soon.”
The Chiltern Centre located next to the care home have also informed us they are considering looking to sell their land to be able to build a purpose-built centre where they can cater for both children and young adults separately after they had their Ofsted registration taken away last month. They announced last week that they now have registration to look after just young people and adults 16+ with the CQC (Care Quality Commission). A spokesperson for the Chiltern Centre said, “We are aware of this complex situation regarding the lease and hope to announce our plans when these have been resolved.”