Eye: Proposals for 60-bedroom care home get approval

Plans for a care home in Eye have been approved Plans for a care home in Eye have been approved

Matt Hunter matt.hunter@archant.co.uk
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
2:30 PM

Proposals for a 60-bedroom care home as part of a £60million Suffolk-wide development in facilities for older people has been approved.

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Mid Suffolk District Council has given the green light to the plans, which will also create a wellbeing centre near Hartismere Health and Care Centre, formerly Hartismere Hospital, in Eye.

The home, managed by Care UK, is expected to create 50 full-time equivalent permanent jobs.

Chris Hopkinson, regional operations director for Care UK, said: “We are very pleased to get the go-ahead to develop the new care home and wellbeing centre in Eye. It is also a huge achievement to have received planning permission for nine out of the ten new care homes and wellbeing centres within a year since the project began in December 2012.”

On December 1, 2012, Care UK took over Suffolk County Council’s sixteen residential care homes and eight wellbeing centres, which serve more than 500 residents. At the same time more than 900 former Suffolk County Council employees transferred to become part of the Care UK team.

Councillor Alan Murray, cabinet member for Health and Adult Care at the county council, said: “This is a fitting way to finish what has been a very productive first year of working with Care UK. With nine out of the ten new homes now either well under way or scheduled to begin in the near future, our vision of providing Suffolk residents with high quality, purpose built facilities are becoming a reality.”

Following the opening of the new care home and wellbeing centre, residents of Paddock House care home in Eye, will have the option to move into the new home, after which the older facility, which opened in 1960, will close.

The new development will be built adjacent to the Hartismere Health and Care Centre in Castleton Way. Work on the new care home and wellbeing centre by Care UK’s development partner Castleoak is scheduled to begin in April, with the opening date scheduled for spring 2015. The home will provide care for people suffering from dementia.

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