Up to 70 jobs could be created by Oswestry care home plans

Up to 70 jobs could be created under plans for a new 70-bed care home and 12 assisted living flats.

Plans show where the care home and supported living flats could be built on the site.
Plans show where the care home and supported living flats could be built on the site.

Proposals have been drawn up to develop a vacant plot of land off Shrewsbury Road, in Oswestry, between the Premier Inn and OK Diner.

The applicant, UV Care Oswestry Ltd, says the scheme would meet a local demand for accommodation for older people and those with support needs, as well as bringing a significant employment boost to the area.

The site will be accessed via the existing estate road, and the plans also include landscaped gardens and parking.

The site lies off Shrewsbury Road next to the Premier Inn

A design and access statement by AP Architecture Ltd, agent to the applicant, says the care home will be “homely, safe and provide a comfortable environment with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities”.

It says: “The purpose built care home will offer a range of facilities for the residents which will include a hairdressing salon, cinema, various lounges, quiet room and training facilities, all of which are intended to improve the quality of life for the residents of the home, along with the normal ‘hotel services’ including a commercial kitchen and laundry to provide on-site facilities for the care home.

“The garden areas will be designed to incorporate both formal gardens and not so formal areas around the care home, and include areas where residents can maintain their own area if desired, or grow vegetables for use in the home, all of which will be designed to meet the needs of residents.”

Apartments

As well as the care home, there are plans for two assisted living blocks on the site containing six apartments each as well as staff accommodation and communal areas.

The applicant says the site benefits from level pedestrian access to the town centre as well as good public transport links, and is located at a ‘gateway’ to the town.

The statement concludes: “The proposed development of a specialist care facility in this location is ideally suited in many ways, both in terms of the location, and its proposed form.

“The design, layout and scale compliment and fit well within the surrounding context and is not detrimental to the area within which the development is located.

“The proposed development will ensure that the local communities have access to the specialist care this home and assisted living units can bring.

“The proposed home will ensure that the residents’ quality of life is greatly enhanced within a comfortable and an ideal location, within easy reach of an established community with whom they can maintain their links and involvement.

“The scheme is designed to ensure that the future viability of the home is secure and that it is able to meet the increasing demanding needs of its future residents.

“The proposed redevelopment of this sustainable site represents a carefully considered scheme that will help deliver a new community facility for the local community as well as having associated employment and housing benefits.

“There is both an identified local need for quality care accommodation in the local area as well as extending the job opportunities for local people.

“It is for the above reasons that the proposed development of this site is best suited to the intended use, along with all the other benefits the home will bring to the local area.”

The planning application will be decided by Shropshire Council.

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