Councillors have approved a 66-bed dementia care home despite major objections including that it was not in keeping with the conservation area it sits in.

Haringey Council's planning sub committee met at George Meehan House, High Road, Wood Green, this evening (Thursday, May 11) to discuss developer Harrison Varma Projects' plans for a dementia care home with an underground car park at 44-46 Hampstead Lane, Hampstead.

The four-storey development would have required the demolition of two original mock-Tudor arts and crafts properties and was opposed by English Heritage as well as the Highgate Society.

After a debate lasting around 90 minutes including speeches from Matthew Brewer from the Highgate Society and Courtney Avenue residents, councillors voted unanimously to approve the plans.

Afterthe meeting, Shahab Jafari, who objected to the plans, said the outcome was "ridiculous" adding: "I don't think there is going to be residents rights in the area.

"We are doing a refurbishment on our home and were told we could not have an extension that overlooked other properties but they have got permission."

Another Courtenay Avenue resident said it was an "abomination".

Read the full story on the Ham&High website tomorrow.