‘Exciting’ home plans

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 March 2015

Plans to build a 72-bedroom care home in Cherry Avenue.

Plans to build a 72-bedroom care home in Cherry Avenue.

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THE Hawthorns Retirement Group has revealed plans to create an ‘exciting’ new care home in Clevedon.

The group, owned by Avery Healthcare, has agreed terms to buy the former Cherry Orchard care home site in Cherry Avenue and develop it into a 72-bedroom care facility.

Cherry Orchard closed in 2012 due to a lack of demand for places but the developers of the new building told a meeting of Clevedon Town Council’s planning committee on March 11 of their hopes for the site.

Adrian Kearley, managing director of AKA Planning, said: “Our aim is to regenerate the site to provide a care home for the frail and elderly. At the moment the site is a fairly run-down facility which we will redevelop with a high-quality and innovative design.”

The new building is set to be a very open structure, with plenty of high windows, a secure garden and roof terrace, as well as spa and cinema facilities.

The building will also be laid out over four floors with a dementia ward being situated on the top level.

Chris Shearman, director at DWA Architects, said: “We respect the local residents and their views of the building.

“Through the design and styling we want to move on to the idea of a care home to something exciting and somewhere people really want to go.”

It is also expected the care home will generate a large amount of job opportunities with the potential of 70 positions and up to 30 members of staff on site at one time.

A formal planning application is expected to be handed in to North Somerset Council in the next few weeks and it is anticipated that the projet will take 15 months to complete.


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