New 80 bed care home near Gloucester Quays could create 135 jobs
PLANS have been drawn up to build an 80 bed care home on derelict land in Gloucester, creating 135 jobs.
A planning application has been submitted by Markey Developments for a four-storey care home for dementia sufferers to be built on the corner of Southgate Street and Trier Way, opposite Gloucester Quays outlet and the Travelodge.
As well as the care bedrooms on the site, which covers an area of approximately 3,000m², there will be 13 assisted-living apartments and three shops. In total, 65 full-time and 70 part-time jobs will be created should the proposals be accepted.
A spokesman for architects Williamson Associates Limited said: "This proposal offers social, economic and environmental benefits that are much needed in Gloucester, and which will provide a significant number of secure long-term jobs at various professional and non-professional levels.
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"It will provide appropriate accommodation for the growing proportion of older people within Gloucester and, in particular, for the specific needs of those with dementia as well as producing benefits for the wider community."
The building has been designed to reflect the context of the area, using traditional materials.
Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council, welcomed the plans and said: "This is greatly needed in the city and it is quite exciting. It will tidy up that corner too. The developers have been talking to people in the area to get their views which is great."
In a public consultation on the care home, 102 people had their say and all but one supported the scheme.
Councillor Andrew Gravells, Gloucestershire County Council cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: "With the increasing number of people developing dementia in Gloucestershire, we have a growing need for quality services to meet their needs."