Thursday, 03 December 2020

Plan unveiled for 60-bed care home with ‘landmark’ tower

PLANS for a 60-bed care home in Benson have been submitted to South Oxfordshire District Council.

PLANS for a 60-bed care home in Benson have been submitted to South Oxfordshire District Council.

Northstar, a specialist care home design and development company, wants to build the facility on land off Churchfield Lane.

The design includes a “landmark” tower which the company says would give residents views from the home’s lounges of Benson marina and the river beyond.

There would also be a large lawn to the west of the building and a series of smaller discreet garden areas and patios off bedrooms and lounges. A design and access statement by Northstar says: “The proximity of the main population centre of Benson, together with its strategic positioning on the A4074 centrally to South Oxfordshire, will ensure that the maximum number of South Oxfordshire’s elderly residents requiring care will be well served by a new care home in this location.”

The company held meetings with the neighbours and representatives of the Benson Patients Panel in August and said there was a “general consensus of support” for a care home development on the site.

The statement says: “Churchfield Lane is one-way and access to the site would have to be from the B4009 Oxford Road. We are proposing to create a pick-up and drop-off loop which would allow a separate entrance and exit to help with managing traffic entering and exiting the site.

“We consider the need for this facility, the creation of the associated employment, the sustainable location and the potential to create a world- class elderly care facility at this gateway location all add up to a very good reason to move forward to a grant of planning consent as soon as possible.”

The building would be two storeys with bedrooms, two lounges, a separate lounge/dining area and a bar. There would also be a café, treatment rooms, assisted baths and additional disabled toilets.

The statement says: “The philosophy for the design is an inclusive approach for all, with particular care being taken to accommodate the needs of the frail elderly, many of whom will suffer from some form of physical impairment.

“It is intended to provide an encompassing and safe environment with level access throughout.”

The district council is set to make a decision by January 12.

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