Ipswich: Proposals for new care home near Ipswich to go before planners

The carehome would be built on the edge of the Ravenswood development

The carehome would be built on the edge of the Ravenswood development - Credit: Archant

An estimated 70 jobs could be created in Ipswich if proposals for a new 80-bedroom care home and community wellbeing centre on the outskirts of the town are given the green light.

The two new buildings have been ear-marked for business development land in Ravenswood and the plans will be debated by borough council’s planning committee next week.

The proposals have been submitted by Care UK, which is working alongside the county council and it aims to provide 10 new care homes in Suffolk, with the number of older people in the county over the age of 75 expected to increase by 85% by 2030.

The care home will include a kitchen, offices, coffee shop, treatment room and a conservatory while work will also be undertaken to provide an outdoor space for the residents.

The wellbeing centre would be a single-storey building and would provide lounge areas and other rooms for residents of the care home and elderly people in the area.

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In a report, planners have been told that the proposals are “acceptable in principle” and that it meets an identified need.

The report to councillors states: “The applicant has provided background information regarding the need for this proposal.

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“This information demonstrates that there is a local need for new and improved care facilities.

“It is also clear that improved facilities are needed to assist people in living in their own homes whilst also ensuring that sufficient long term care accommodation is provided.”

As well as an increase in the number of people aged over 75, Care UK’s submission has also suggested the number of older people living with dementia in the county could increase by 100%, to 20,00 people, by 2030.

The proposals will be debated on Wednesday.

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