Tetlow King Planning (TKP) has assisted the Andrew Wilson Partnership and KWL Architects in obtaining a resolution of approval from the relevant North Somerset planning committee to build a 25 bedroom general needs care home for the St. Monica Trust at their continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Sandford.
The approved CCRC development at Sandford, which is at an advanced stage of construction, consists of a 71 bedroom single storey specialist dementia care home alongside 108 extra care dwellings for the elderly. The dementia care home is now open and the extra care dwellings are now essentially complete. This development has attracted national attention and is built on previously developed land outside any designated settlement boundary. In the past this land was associated with the Strawberry Line which was part of the Great Western Railway from Cheddar through to Yatton. Listed Buildings associated with the former railway use have been fully refurbished and incorporated into the development.
The 25 bedroom general needs home is to be built as an extension to the existing dementia care home on land which was not previously developed. TKP were able to explain the level of need in the area for the care home extension and also the benefits of the synergy between this new proposal and the existing development. This assisted the planning officers of North Somerset Council, who were able to make a recommendation for approval even though the site is in a countryside location and not on previously developed land. The recommendation for approval acknowledged the social and care benefits for the elderly residents in need of care.
North Somerset Council should be congratulated on its commitment to this overall project of the St. Monica Trust, which will provide high levels of employment in a rural area and a nationally important development that provides modern and innovative accommodation for the elderly who are in need of care.