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Plan to build care facility on the site of Newbury guest home






The plans, submitted to West Berkshire Council by Ascot Design, are for a 71-bed facility on the site of Limes Guest House, London Road.
The site currently occupies three buildings, numbers 366, 368 and 370.
If approved, the facility will be designed for people suffering from conditions such as Alzheimer’s.
There will be a nurses station on each floor and each room will contain its own bathroom facilities.
The communal areas will include a library, a dining hall, a lounge and shop.
Architect at Ascot Design Chris Gattesco said that this would give the building a village-type feel as it would also have a garden area located in the centre of the facility, set back off the road.
Mr Gattesco said: “There is the 24-hour nurses’ facility for people who just need a bit more help.
“We have tried to do a bit more than the current care homes and have tried to make it traditional, as a lot of older people see modern facilities as institutionalised.
“We are trying to respect the neighbours and we have been working in conjunction with the community health team, which said to us that there was a need for high-dependency residential care.”
In a statement, Ascot Design said: “The proposal respects the context of the site and a form of development that respects the character and appearance of the surrounding area.
“The design of the building incorporates traditional design features that are prevalent in the locality and the scale and massing of the proposal is appropriate to the location and reflects the scale and character of the surrounding area.
“The site is sustainably located close to services and amenities and is accessible to public transport modes.”
So far, there have been no objections to the plans.
A final decision is expected by West Berkshire Council by the end of May.
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