WORK looks set to start this spring on a £40m new mental health unit in Blackpool after planners gave the scheme the go ahead.
The new facility – called The Harbour – will be built on land at Whyndyke Farm in Marton.
Construction is due to start in April and will take two years to complete.
Blackpool Council’s planning committee approved a detailed application for the scheme which already had outline permission.
A spokesman for Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said: “The Trust is delighted to receive the decision of Blackpool Council’s planning committee to approve the application for our new £40m mental health facility.
“The Harbour is going to be a state-of-the-art facility providing high quality care for people who are experiencing mental health problems.
“The Harbour will replace existing wards at Parkwood and will provide an improved standard of accommodation.
“People will have their own private bedrooms and the modern design will provide a therapeutic environment that will support recovery.”
Part of the site is also within Fylde Council’s planning jurisdiction, and a report is due before its development management committee on February 15 before the purchase of the site can be finalised.
The Trust, which has already consulted widely on the scheme, added it would continue to hold meetings with the community and other stakeholders to keep them updated about the progress of the development.
The facility will cater for up to 154 patients and will replace ageing facilities at Parkwood at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, as well as wards at Lytham Hospital and Fleetwood Hospital.
It will be mostly single storey in order to fit in with the character of the surrounding area.
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