Need for a specialist dementia care home is given full backing
A NEW care home with a specialist dementia unit is one step closer to being built in Common Lane in Kenilworth.
English Care Villages submitted an outline planning application for the 72-bed care home with dementia facilities, which will generate 50 full-time jobs and 50 part-time jobs, to Warwick District Council’s planning committee who granted it on Wednesday night.
As there were no objections to the plans, only concerns about loss of employment land, councillors felt Kenilworth needed a facility like this.
Cllr George Illingworth, chairman of the planning committee, said: “The concern we have regarding loss of employment land didn’t stop us from granting this application because we need care homes like this in the area and care homes do generate employment anyway.
“We also have a few concerns about the access and layout of the site, but these details can be discussed in later applications.
“As this was only an outline application we just agreed with the idea in principle.”
English Care Villages held an extensive public consultation in the town last October to see if the community felt there was a need for this sort of home in the area, the response to this was of “overwhelming support”.
The home is expected to have a specialist dementia unit, a hospice-type unit providing end of life care and another unit for frail and elderly people who can no longer look after themselves independently. If everything goes ahead the home will be built in the Common Lane industrial estate and will replace Curves gym, which has moved to Talisman Square.
English Care Villages specialises in developing care villages aimed at people who are much more able, but it says the care home in Kenilworth would deal with the more complex end of nursing people, and would form part of a network of care as it is also planning to create a care village at Warwick Gates.
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