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Plans to build care home on site of former Leek garage

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 22, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

The former garage site in Broad Street, Leek, which could be redeveloped into a 24-bedroom residential care home.

The former garage site in Broad Street, Leek, which could be redeveloped into a 24-bedroom residential care home.

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PLANS have been submitted to build a residential care home on the site of a former garage.

A planning application has been submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for a 24-bedroom complex at the site in Broad Street, Leek, at the junction with Alsop Street.

If approved the complex would create up to 15 full and part-time jobs, with staff working on a shift system to meet the needs of residents.

A design and access statement produced on behalf of the applicant, Robert Hoskins, by Gratton Planning Services Limited, said: "The application seeks permission for a development of older persons care complex of 24 bedrooms, each with en-suite facilities and support accommodation, together with external parking and loading facilities and an area of roof garden.

"The support accommodation includes office space; lounge; kitchen and dining areas; informal sitting area; quiet room; laundry; and staff room.

"The proposed building provides accommodation across the three floors. The support accommodation is provided at ground floor level with residential units at first and second floors. The parking area are accessed through an archway onto Broad Street."

Planning permission was granted to redeveloped the site with six town houses and a flat, together with associated garaging and a new vehicular access in March 2009.

However, this permission was not implemented and has now lapsed. The garage has lain empty since then.

The planning statement adds: "Provision is made for essential visitors and a small number of disabled parking spaces, together with space for an ambulance and first responder vehicle.

"On the basis that the proposed use will be for older people needing care, it is not envisaged that residents will have their own cars. Any greater level of provision would impact negatively upon the design and layout of the proposed development to the detriment of its appearance, both in its own terms and also in relation to neighbouring properties

"The availability of public parking in close proximity to the proposed development in Brook Street, Haywood Street, High Street and St Edward Street, together with both controlled and uncontrolled on-street parking opportunities in the immediate vicinity, means that neither visitors nor existing residents will be inconvenienced by the demand for parking. It is expected that deliveries to the site will be limited to food and medical products using small vans only."

In conclusion Gratton Planning Services said that the appearance of the street scene would be improved as a result of the application site's redevelopment, and would also represent a positive impact

It is also stated that benefit impacts would also arise as a result of the provision of specialist accommodation for older people in an area where such accommodation is needed.

It is expected a decision will be made on the application within the next eight weeks.

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