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Newbury Town Council backs dementia care home plan

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Newbury Town Council’s planning committee backed the plans by healthcare specialists MedicX on Monday night.
The facility will be operated by Care UK, which also runs Birchwood care home in Birchwood Road, Newbury, and is being constructed to address a shortage of care beds for elderly people suffering from dementia or frailty, according to the applicant.
Town councillors grilled representatives from MedicX over the levels of traffic generated and how it will impact on nearby residential areas, but were satisfied with results and hailed the development as much needed.
The three-storey secure home would be built on land which previously sited the Winchcombe School pre-school site in Maple Crescent.
The school underwent a significant refurbishment in 2011, in which redundant buildings of the school (the existing infants section) were demolished, and the newly freed up land was offered to developers by West Berkshire Council to pay for the scheme.
Before voting to approve unanimously, the leader of Newbury Town Council, Julian Swift-Hook (Lib Dem, Pyle Hill), said:
“There has been an increase of 35 per cent of over 85s living in West Berkshire. It’s actually quite telling to see the numbers in black and white.
“I think it’s a very good proposal. It’s going to be their community. It is very much to be commended.”
There is only only letter of representation on the West Berkshire Council website from a resident living nearby who did not wish to give their name.
The resident complained of the impact of increased traffic in Maple Crescent, however MedicX has said traffic generation from the care home will be low key and it does not anticipate any adverse impact on the traffic on the nearby residential street.
A spokesman for MedicX, Mark Davis said the application was processing in line with planning procedure and more information would be made available in three weeks time.
A decision is expected to be made by West Berkshire Council in October.

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