Western Road care home approved

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Plans for a new 95 bed care home on Western Road in Stratford have been approved by the district council, despite concerns over the added pressure the development could put on local health services.

The proposal from Berkley Care, is to build the home on land adjacent to the railway line, an area which at one point had been earmarked for a steam locomotive workshop and visitor centre.

However in a change of strategy Tyseley-based Vintage Trains decided not to develop facilities at Stratford and sold the site.

The care home proposal includes parking, outdoor spaces and while the building itself would be up to four storeys in height.

Arguing against the care home proposal at last week’s planning committee meeting, town councillor Ian Fradgley said: “The Town Council agree with both the county council and the Stratford doctors that we are approaching saturation point in care accommodation, particularly where Stratford’s health and social care infrastructure is already under extreme pressure. I understand that there is no local need.”

He added that he believed most occupants of the care home would therefore be coming from elsewhere in the country, which would increase pressure on local health facilities.

Speaking in favour of the application on behalf of Berkley Care, agent Andrew Murphy, said: “This is an empty, brownfield parcel of land in probably the most sustainable location in the whole district, it’s not allocated in any local plan for any type of use.”

He added: “It is not necessary to demonstrate a need for a care home, because a care home on this site is acceptable in principle, however a comprehensive assessment within a six-mile catchment area has demonstrated an existing need for 165 beds, rising to 275 beds by 2031.”

He drew attention to how the development would improve the appearance of the land, create new jobs and boost the local economy. He added that no factual evidence that the development would harm the town’s medical facilities had been produced and stated the care home could in fact act as a support service for local doctors and medical services, particularly in dealing with routine health matters.

As part of the application Berkley Care has agreed to provide in the region of £60,000 to the South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust and the CCG to mitigate any impact on local healthcare infrastructure.

The planning committee voted unanimously to approve the application.

  • 1jamessmith1

    How many of the eventual inmates will be paying their own way???
    How many will be carehome tourists that come to CV37 having lived most of their lives in another county entirely??
    Another drain on council tax.
    What is wrong with Cheltenham or Evesham???

    • KJ

      It must be a few years since you’ve been in Evesham.

      • 1jamessmith1

        KJ yes you are not wrong, so what is wrong with it? If people are liveing in a retirement home it can’t make that much difference as the care home is meant to, well….take care of them.

    • old_moaning

      a) Most of them and they will be forking out over a grand a week for the pleasure…especially if they were stupid enough to buy a house in their lifetime and therefore have over 26k of assets…they will pay the lot

      b) Quite a few I suspect…but there again a lot of the old folk from CV37 probably end their days in care homes in other parts of the country…once the move to be near their families

      c)…Why is it a drain on council tax…ok if you have the misfortune to end up in one of these places you don’t have to pay council tax anymore I guess…but the reality is the majority in care homes have advanced dementia so can’t really live anywhere else!

      d) Whats’s Cheltenham and Evesham got to do with it?

      • 1jamessmith1

        old_moaning a good reply, gave you a like.

        Now then, the drain on council tax is in part related to the sorts that live and work for the most part in another part of the country, then retire here knowing very well that it is an expensive place to live. SDC on occasions have to pay their care home costs. What comes to mind is keep care homes for people that have paid at least 30 years council tax in the area. The hope that some from CV37 retire some where else should help.

        I’m not against people with advanced dementia being in care homes. If you are in such a place, will you really care were it is as long as it is near places of interest for a visit, a park and enough non-tourist shops and services. As it happens I believe that Tom Moore’s sponsored walk was an achievement.

        It just seams that there is an epedemic of care homes and retirement properties all of a sudden. Cheltenham and Evesham are perfectly reasonable places, care homes could be built there instead. As I used to live at Moreton in the marsh, I went to each often enough, along with Banbury.