By Tyler Woods

The New Canaan Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night denied an application by Silver Hill Hospital for a special permit to expand into its recently purchased house at 225 Valley Road by a 6 to 3 vote.

Members of the commission who voted to deny the special permit argued that, among other reasons, the expansion of Silver Hill was not in harmony with the development of the neighborhood, given the testimony of many neighbors.

Over the summer, these neighbors banded together to form the Silvermine River Neighbors Association to speak with one voice in protest of the project.

Silver Hill purchased the 5,700-square-foot house in December 2012 for $2.4 million. The hospital had planned to add three bedrooms to the house, for eight patients and five staff members. Silver Hill is a renowned psychiatric hospital that covers 60 acres in the Silvermine part of New Canaan.

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