Brain injuries home go-ahead

The site of the former School Clinic in St Annes will be made into a care home.
The site of the former School Clinic in St Annes will be made into a care home.
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PLANS to build a care home for people with dementia and brain injuries have been given the go-ahead.

The decision to approve the 40-bed home in St Annes has been a long time coming for Darren and Paula Bell, of Ryecourt Limited, who have spent the last five years trying to get planning permission to build it on the former School Clinic site on Back Headroomgate Road.

Ryecourt runs four nursing care homes in and around Blackpool.

The St Annes development, close to Heyhouses Primary School, was first mooted in 2007, when 
Fylde Council agreed to it in principle but rejected the proposed building’s appearance.

The council’s development management committee has now approved the latest design.

Many of the councillors said they liked the look of the two-block building.

Coun Richard Redcliffe said: “It’s appropriate for the site, which is near a school and in a residential community.

“It’s not going to be obtrusive, looking into other houses and gardens.”

But Coun Tim Armit said he did not agree with the design.

He said: “This is for our most vulnerable people, and it looks like military barracks. The other applications had buildings that looked like hotels.

“If I was old and vulnerable I would like to be somewhere like those, rather than a warehouse or a barn. This is not for me.”

Coun Fabian Craig-Wilson added: “We need these beds for our vulnerable people

“There is a far more stimulating atmosphere inside, in a supportive environment.

“People with dementia are living in their own world, so the outside space really does not need to be as important as what is provided internally.”

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