Stowmarket: Concerns continue over proposed 70-bedroom care home in Cedars Park

Proposals for a new care home in Stowmarket

Proposals for a new care home in Stowmarket - Credit: Archant

A residents’ association has reiterated its concerns over formal proposals for a 70-bedroom care home.

The development, which would be built in Cedars Park, Stowmarket, would bring a £6m boost to the economy, claims Care UK, the company behind the plans. But Roger Willison-Gray, spokesman for the Cedars Park Residents Association, said: “Our view has not changed, we would want time to look at the detail of the application.

“Our particular concern is about access to the primary school. The road [near the development] is meant to be for access to the school.

“I want to make sure there are going to be improvements to the road in terms of parking and access.”

The residents’ association also wants the land earmarked for the development to be used for retail development as the area is “short” of this type of employment.

Mr Willison-Gray added that he wanted a Section 106 agreement, money spent by the developer in the community, to be used on improving a nearby pond, which he called an “eyesore” and a “risk to children”.

But he did say the association welcomed the new jobs which would come with the care home.

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Chris Hopkinson, regional operations director for Care UK, said “We, along with our development partners, have been in detailed and positive discussions with Mid Suffolk District Council and Suffolk County Council to ensure that the proposed plans will address an identified local need for specialist care for older people, as well as create a focal point for the Cedars Park community.

“The attractive, high quality and well-designed care home and wellbeing centre, which are still at the planning stages, will enhance the character and identity of Cedars Park and will also bring 50 full-time and part-time jobs and an additional 80 temporary jobs during the construction phase.”

He added the development would provide a retail space, help improve the access and drop-off facilities at Cedars Park Primary School and the pond area.