Plan for new care home

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A SITE in Mildenhall is under consideration to house one of ten new care homes planned for the county.

Care UK has drawn up plans for a 60-80 bedroom care home on the former site of Great Heath Primary School in St John’s Close, Mildenhall.

A spokesperson for Care UK said: “The plan being developed with the county council will see significant investment in ten new residential homes to meet the increasingly complex needs of older people and those living with dementia across Suffolk.

“As part of the ongoing planning, we and the council have identified the site at St John’s Close as a potential location for one of the new homes.”

Care UK were selected as the preferred bidder to run Suffolk’s care homes in April.

Councillor Colin Noble, Suffolk County Council’s portfolio holder for health and adult care said: “What Care UK are looking to do as preferred bidder is build ten new care homes.

“That’s the programme and we are pleased with that rather than make do and mend - we have outstanding care in our homes and we want that to continue.”

Cllr Noble said that the closure of existing care homes would follow the opening of the new homes but that no decisions had been made on what homes may face closure.

The programme of new care homes, all of which are planned to have 60-80 rooms, is aimed to meet the county’s increasing need.

In Forest Heath it is expected that the number of people over the age of 65 will rise from 10,300 to 15,800 by 2030.

Daphne Savage, chief executive of Age UK Suffolk said: “It is important to increase the number of care home places in Suffolk and ensure that they are appropriate settings for people with dementia.

“What we want to see is people having a choice of care homes when they need them and being able to ensure that they are not too far away from their family and friends.”

A spokesperson for Care UK said that a decision on submitting a planning application for the site will be made after the County Council announce their final decision on the provision of care in October.

The proposal will be on display at Mildenhall Community Centre on September 12 between 11.30am and 6.30pm.