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Development to care for dementia sufferers

The district's capacity to care for people living with dementia has been approved for expansion following a council decision.

On Thursday, 3 August, Cherwell District Council's planning committee approved planning permission for a 36-bedroom specialist nursing facility on a site in Adderbury. The facility will provide 24-hour care for people living with dementia and in need of neurological rehabilitation.

The facility is expected to create the equivalent of 36 full time jobs at a site adjacent to the Gracewell nursing home.

Cllr David Hughes, chairman of Cherwell's planning committee, said: "We welcome proposals that provide for those living with dementia and other neurological conditions. There is a clear need for such facilities in the district.

"Committee is mindful that the proposal will see the development of a greenfield site but the significant benefits of the facility, including job creation, will decisively outweigh any harm, making the nursing facility a valuable addition to the area.

"Adderbury is one of the most sustainable locations for development in the district and this proposal will sit well alongside the neighbouring nursing home."

The principle of development on the site had already been agreed by a previous outline planning permission for an extra care facility and, in a separate decision, the council has also approved a detailed proposal for the extra care facility. The applicant can now choose whether to build the extra care facility or the specialist nursing facility.

Plans for the new care facility indicate that the building will be of largely two storeys and will be constructed of materials that are in keeping with the existing nursing home.

The proposal received the support of Adderbury Parish Council, and it includes plans for tree planting, landscaping, access and parking.

Views of the facility from the Oxford Road would largely be screened by the existing nursing home and by trees and hedgerows which bound the site. 

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