Plans for a new 80 bedroom care home which would replace an existing facility in Bury St Edmunds have been submitted to St Edmundsbury Borough Council.
Care UK is seeking permission to demolish the current 48 bedroom Glastonbury Court, in Glastonbury Road, and build a two storey care home and wellbeing centre - part of its £60 million revamp of former Suffolk County Council care homes.
Subject to approval, the facility would be ready for Autumn 2015 and cater for older people with ‘heavily dependent nursing and dementia needs’ while the wellbeing centre offers activity based care for upto 25 people living at home.
There will be parking spaces for 29 cars, 16 bicycles, as well as two motorbike spaces and a drop-off space for a min i-bus/ambulance, which the company says is ‘appropriate’ without leading to staff and visitors parking in residential areas or the private car park serving the shops.
Following concerns over the loss of a ‘community room’ at the existing Glastonbury Court, bosses say the new home’s multi-purpose residents’ room could be made available by prior arrangement to organised groups.
After a public consultation, they amended the plans to retain existing hedges and trees to provide a ‘pleasant outlook’ for homes overlooking the site and moved an access road and car parking away from the south-east boundary with Whitby Road to ‘minimise the potential for noise or disturbance.
Care UK will provide 10 new homes across Suffolk with 680 specialist care beds and 370 contracted directly to the county council.
They are needed to meet future demand as it is expected the number of older people and those living with dementia in the county will double.
A new home in Mildenhall will be the first to open next June followed by Davers Court, in Bury St Edmunds, in August/September.
While Glastonbury Court is redeveloped, current residents have been given the chance to move into the new Davers. A new home in Stowmarket is expected to open in early 2015.