A controversial 70-bedroom care home and wellbeing centre in Stowmarket has been given the green light.
The three-storey Care UK project, on Cedars Park, was granted planning permission by Mid Suffolk District Council last Thursday.
Work is due to start on the home early next year with an expected opening date of spring 2015.
Cedars Park Residents Association president Fred Hillyer said although he was pleased something was being done with the site, he would keep a keen eye on how it developed.
He said: “I spoke at the meeting to put pressure on them to finish the pond area – what we call the ‘bomb crater’.
“It is a good thing that the care home is getting built.
“We now hope the pond area will finally get sorted. But I will have to keep an eye on it.”
As well as developing the ‘bomb crater’, plans for the care home includes permission for a shop which will be let to a local business.
Following the opening of the care home, residents of Wade House on Violet Hill Road, Stowmarket, will be given the option to move into the new home. Wade House, which opened in 1959, will then close.
Chris Hopkinson, regional director at Care UK, said: “We are delighted to see planning approval has been granted for the new care home in Cedars Park, Stowmarket, which will provide much needed 24-hour nursing and specialist dementia care in wonderful new facilities as well as services for older people living locally to enjoy the wellbeing centre, which we hope the community will help us shape to their needs.”
Cllr Alan Murray, cabinet member for adult care at Suffolk County Council, said the inclusion of a shop into the designs would benefit the estate as a whole.
He said: “This approval is yet another step towards us delivering on the commitment we made to ensure high quality facilities in specialist purpose-built accommodation is available for those that require support and long term care.”