First impressions of care home plan

An artist impression of the Belsfield Care Home for people with dementia and brain injuties on Back Headroomgate Road, St Annes. January 2013

An artist impression of the Belsfield Care Home for people with dementia and brain injuties on Back Headroomgate Road, St Annes. January 2013

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THIS is the first look at a new centre for people with dementia and brain injuries.

Planing permission was approved last month for the 40-bed care home after five years of trying by owners Darren and Paula Bell of Belsfield Care Homes.

They have submitted four different applications for the site on Back Headroomgate Road in St Annes, which used to house the old School Clinic.

After rotating the building to try to reduce the impact on neighbouring properties, which includes Heyhouses Primary School, councillors on Fylde Development Management Committee approved the latest design last month.

Architect Michael Joyce, spokesman for Mr and Mrs Bell, said: “It’s taken quite a long time, so we’re delighted to have finally got planning permission, with co-operation with Fylde Council’s planning department.

“There is a big need for this sort of care in the area.

“The health authority has been in touch with Mr and Mrs Bell to say there is a need. Belsfield provides similar care at other homes which are full and have waiting lists, proving the need is there. This is not just a residential home for older people, this is a home with care.”

Mr Joyce said Fylde planners in the past had objected to the size of the building. For four years the company has been submitting plans for and this final one has been deemed acceptable.

He said the latest building was two separate structures, connected by the ground floor.

He added: “We’ve made it appear visually smaller, which has come about through discussions with the local planning officers.”

Mr Joyce said the owners, who already have four similar care homes in and around Blackpool, were now looking at costing for the building work, with a view to start construction in around three months. The work would take around 12 months to complete.

The site was levelled by Mr and Mrs Bell when they first bought the building because of vandalism at the closed clinic.

When the scheme was passed by planners Coun Fabian Craig-Wilson told the meeting: “We need these beds for our vulnerable people.”

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