Planners back care home bid

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Major plans for a 76-bed care home which will create up to 60 jobs are today set to be approved by council planners.

Octopus Healthcare has applied to Fylde Council to build a two storey facility on the former Premium Bonds site on Heyhouses Lane in St Annes.

If approved, it could follow the £55m plans for a Booths supermarket and 250 home development, as well as retirement village on the site – all currently under construction.

Fylde Council planning officer Matthew Taylor has recommended the plans be passed – saying the scheme would revitalise empty employment land.

He added: “The proposal would make efficient use of a previously developed site within the settlement boundary of Lytham St Annes and would form part of a wider development to regenerate redundant employment land.

“The care home, by virtue of its size, scale, massing, height, layout, materials and design, would be compatible with the character of surrounding buildings and the street scene, and would have no adverse impact on the privacy and amenity of adjoining occupiers.”

Construction to redevelop the former Premium Bonds site has been ongoing for more than a year, with pub The Water’s Edge opening earlier this year and a Booths supermarket expected to open later this summer.

Developer Morris Homes is building more than 160 homes, while a retirement village for 85 properties is part of the plans.

Development will bring ‘important community and economic benefits’

In a letter sent to residents by AKA Planning on behalf of Octopus Healthcare, Adrian Kearley said the new development would bring “important community and economic benefits.”

He added: “The new facility on Heyhouses Lane will provide 24-hour support and care for the frail elderly with nursing and dementia needs, and will deliver a number of important community and economic benefits including the creation of up to 60 new jobs for local people. You may be aware that an outline planning application was approved in 2012 for the wider regeneration of the site to include a range of housing, retirement accommodation, a food retail store and a pub.

“This care home proposal relates to the final parcel of land within the site and is being prepared in accordance with the principles of the outline consent and to complement the development already taking place on the wider site.”