A STRATFORD-upon-Avon care home taken over by a private company last year is going to undergo a £3 million rebuild to “improve the quality.”
Runwood Homes took over eight care homes in Warwickshire from the county council in January 2013.
The company now wants to demolish Lower Meadow Care Home in Drayton Avenue and build a new one with 67 en-suite bedrooms, a private garden area at the back, and 26 parking spaces.
Geoff Pride from Runwood Homes said: “We are undergoing extensive refurbishments to all eight homes. We’re adding extra rooms to some, we’re knocking some of them down and rebuilding them. It’s all to improve the quality.”
There is currently work taking place at Lower Meadow to build a £400,000 temporary extension to the home, increasing the number of bedrooms from 35 to 46.
Planning permission for this extension was granted last year but now Runwood wants to demolish the whole care home and start from scratch.
As well as Lower Meadow, the company now runs Low Furlong care home in Shipston and Park View in Warwick.
It also took over care homes previously run by the council in Atherstone, Nuneaton, Studley, Coleshill and Whitnash.
A Stratford District Council planning committee will decide whether to grant Runwood permission to rebuild Lower Meadow at a meeting in Elizabeth House, Church Street, next Wednesday. The meeting starts at 6.15pm and is open to the public.
The new care home would roughly be in the shape of an ‘H’ and if granted, must be built within three years.
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