A CARE home owner is about to see his dream of providing care to elderly dementia patients become a reality after his plans were approved.
Steve Bowe, owner of the Annacliffe Residential Home, Newton Drive, Blackpool, was given the backing to extend the current home and provide on-site help to those suffering from the degenerative disease.
After a three-year battle against residents and planning committees, Mr Bowe can now build a single-storey extension at the back of the Blackpool home to provide 13 bedrooms.
He told The Gazette: “I’m so pleased because after three years of fighting we have now got the facility that Blackpool badly needs and deserves. We will be providing jobs and a much needed extension for the existing business.
“Residents with age related dementia will not have to move from the home, they will only have to move to another bedroom and not be disrupted.”
Mr Bowe’s original plans, which were submitted to the council in 2010, included proposals for a 26-bedroomed home.
They were scaled down by the owner and re-submitted with 13-bedrooms and 11 car parking spaces.
This was again rejected, but after appealing to the Planning Inspectorate, the plans were passed and work is expected to be completed in the spring.
Mr Bowe added: “There is a massive demand for this in Blackpool and I’m really proud we have got it through, for the fact is there’s a need for it.
“All I want to do is provide a great service and this is an add on to what is already here.”
A number of Newton Drive residents living next to the residential home were against the extension being built because they felt it would only add to the problems they were already having with people parking outside their homes who worked in the vicinity.
Blackpool councillor John Boughton, who spoke out against the care home during the planning meetings, said: “I’m bitterly disappointed and I’m sure the residents living around the Annacliffe are too.
“It seems to take away some of the autonomy of local people and it is the Government to determine what is best when it comes to planning.”