42 jobs as part of plan for care home in town

Leek Post & Times - - NEWS - By Post & Times re­porter news­[email protected]­p­o­stand­times.co.uk

A FORMER of­fice block is set to be knocked down and re­placed with a care home for the el­derly – if plans get the go ahead.

LNT Care De­vel­op­ments has lodged plans to build the 66-bed com­plex on land off Bux­ton Road in Leek.

More than 40 jobs would be cre­ated by the pro­posal – which would see the ex­ist­ing Ea­ton House of­fice block de­mol­ished.

The ex­ist­ing car park would be re­duced in size to in­clude 20 car spa­ces, 10 cy­cle spa­ces and two dis­abled spa­ces – as well as an am­bu­lance and taxi dropoff.

LNT Care De­vel­op­ments, which runs care homes across York­shire, the Mid­lands and the South of Eng­land, said the site pre­sented an ‘ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity’ for a new care home.

A spokesman said: “LNT Con­struc­tion has con­sid­er­able ex­pe­ri­ence in the de­vel­op­ment of care homes, hav­ing con­structed nu­mer­ous care homes for their sister com­pany Ideal Care Homes and other op­er­a­tors across the UK.

“The fa­cil­ity will be fully com­pli­ant with the Na­tional Care Stan­dards Act 2000; pro­vid­ing sin­gle-room ac­com­mo­da­tion, with en-suite fa­cil­i­ties and a more than suit­able ra­tio of com­mu­nal/recre­ational space per res­i­dent to­gether with level/ amenable ac­cess through­out.

“The pro­posed care home would pro­vide a char­ac­ter and form of de­vel­op­ment that should pos­i­tively en­hance the char­ac­ter of the site and the wider sur­round­ing area, whilst also of­fer­ing an im­por­tant lo­cal com­mu­nity ser­vice.

“The de­vel­op­ment would also have a pos­i­tive im­pact within the area by im­prov­ing em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, both dur­ing con­struc­tion and in the longer-term op­er­a­tion of the care home.”

A to­tal of 42 jobs would be cre­ated if the plans go ahead – with around 15 mem­bers of staff on the site at any one time, and around one care per seven bed spa­ces.

The state­ment lodged along with the ap­pli­ca­tion added the pro­posal would serve the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

It said: “The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment would be very much a lo­cal com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity.

“Res­i­dents to the home would be ex­pected to em­anate from an area no more than three miles from the site or be as­so­ci­ated with fam­i­lies/rel­a­tives that re­side within this same catch­ment.

“The ma­jor­ity of the jobs cre­ated at the care home would also be ex­pected to be filled by suit­able can­di­dates from the same lo­cal area.”

A pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on the plans is in place un­til De­cem­ber 19.

Plan­ners at Stafford­shire Moor­lands Dis­trict Coun­cil are set to make a de­ci­sion on the ap­pli­ca­tion by Fe­bru­ary next year.

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