Plans for a new 60 bed care home and wellbeing centre in Mildenhall have been approved.
Work on the new home, on the former site of Great Heath Primary School, will begin in May and is expected to be completed in May 2014.
Forest Heath District Council approved the planning application, which will also see a new Community Centre built in St Johns Close, last week.
The state-of-the-art new care home will include accommodate 60 residents and provide nursing as well as residential care.
Chris Hopkinson, Care UK’s regional operations director, said: “We are very pleased to get the go ahead especially because in addition to a new care home this development will provide a wellbeing day care centre which will be a new service.
“Retired elderly people will be able to get together, share a meal and take part in rewarding activities in a comfortable and suitable environment. This will also be an invaluable resource for family careers who will be able to enjoy a few hours to themselves knowing their loved one is in a safe and caring place.”
The well-being centre will offer day care, clubs and activities for people living independently in the wider community
Councillor Colin Noble, Suffolk County Council’s portfolio holder for Health and Adult Care, said: “We have spent two years going through the process of talking with customers in our 16 care homes and then talking to providers
“Two years later Care UK have taken over the 16 homes and are successfully running those and the planning permission in Mildenhall is the second planning permission they have been granted as they look to invest £60 million in 10 brand new care homes and I am delighted that one of those is in Mildenhall.”
Mildenhall’s new care home will replace Wamil Court Care Home, which will close after it opens.
Residents at Wamil Court will be given the option to move into the new home.