Cornwall Care’s £15 million ‘care village’ plan for Wadebridge has been approved by county planners.
Cornwall County Council has signalled the green light for 75 ‘care cottages’ clustered around a new 72-bedroom nursing home providing care and therapy for people living with dementia.
The Wadebridge scheme on a 9.37-acre site at West Hill will replace Cornwall Care’s existing nursing home at St Breock and will create 100 new jobs, in addition to the 40 employees who will transfer across from St Breock.
Additional features will include allotments, a pavilion, bowling green, gym and bistro.
The landscaping will encourage residents to enjoy the outdoors for socialising,gardening and activities.
Chief Executive Douglas Webb said: “We are delighted that outline planning consent has been given for our Wadebridge scheme which will raise the bar in terms of innovative modern care for older people in the county.
“Wadebridge ‘care village’ will be the first of its kind in Cornwall and the model for similar developments we would like to replicate in other key locations in the county.
“Our vision is to allow couples or individuals to spend their retirement years in an environment which encourages them to live as independently and normally as possible,whilst having the peace of mind knowing there is specialist care and support as and when they need it.
“This approach has come in response to the changing health and social care needs of older people, who want to live as long as they can in their own homes and be able to receive specialist support tailored to their individual needs, rather than traditional residential homes. And when their health needs are complex they can receive the best quality nursing home care.
“We believe Wadebridge ‘care village’ will be a development the local community and the county can be proud of.”
Cornwall Care will spend the next six months forming detailed plans before startingwork in 2015. Mr Webb added: “We are expecting a very high level of interest from prospective purchasers of the high quality retirement flats and houses.”
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