Seventy jobs are set to be created on the back of plans to build a new care home.
Cinnamon Care Collection Ltd and Muller Senior Living Ltd have jointly put forward the proposals for vacant land at Silkmore Lane, in Stafford.
If the application is approved by Stafford Borough Council, the three-storey development will provide 75 beds. The site is next to a Co-op supermarket.
The borough has been identified as having a growing demand for care beds. And last year Staffordshire County Council, proposed developing its own nursing home in the area to meet future need.
It is not the first time the land next to the Co-operative food store has been considered for a care home.
A ‘dementia-friendly’ environment will be created as part of the care home’s design.
Features are expected to include an ‘obvious entrance’, with clear way finding throughout the home and site. There would also be staggered bedroom doors where possible and low-level sills to allow views out from a seated or lying position.
Ground floor bedrooms would have external access to a safe garden, while balconies are proposed for upper floors.
A document, submitted in support of the plans, states: “A previous application was submitted to Stafford Borough Council for full planning permission, which was granted on May 25, 2016 for a 76-bed residential care home with associated parking and landscaping.
“The new scheme is to be an improvement of that previously submitted as the initial designs do not match Cinnamon’s operational requirements. The proposed scheme aims to improve car parking layout, along with the entrance road, and increasing separation distances and open space.
“Over the next 50 years, the population of over-65s is anticipated to increase by 8.6 million people – an increase approximately the same size as London. This will lead to a greater need for additional care needs to accommodate this increased population demographic.
“There is already a shortage of care beds within the UK’s built environment and, while this is being addressed, further development is required to meet the needs of the population with differing levels of mobility and capability within a secure, safe environment, such as a care home.
“Increasing the availability of this type of accommodation will lead to a positive effect on the local housing provision, as the care home fills houses will be released back into the local community in differing sizes to either as larger family houses or smaller starter homes.”
The borough council is set to make a decision on the application in the coming weeks.