Roften Works care home Seddon Developments p planning

Condy Lofthouse Architects designed the care home for Seddon. Credit: via planning documents

Green light for 70-bed Hooton care home

Seddon Developments has secured planning permission from Cheshire West and Chester Council for its redesigned plans for a senior living housing block with dementia care capabilities.

The council approved the plans on 16 February using delegated powers.

Now that it has approval, the 70-bed care home will be built on two acres off Valentine Street in Hooton. It is part of the wider Roften Works site, the location of a 1940s gun barrel factory that later transitioned to manufacturing metal doors before it closed in the 1990s.

Planning permission to build a 72-bed care home and 265 houses on the Roften Works site was secured in 2018 by Stewart Milne Homes Seddon, which is currently on site constructing the approved 265 homes.

Seddon, which is charged with delivering the care home, has filed a second application for the care home after making a series of layout and appearance changes in order to fit the requirements of operator Sandstone Care Group.

Under this new application, the number of units in the care home has been reduced from 72 to 70. There are now 24 car parking spaces, including two electric vehicle charging points and two mobility impaired spaces, rather than 26. Plans have also included six spaces to store cycles.

Like in its previous iteration, the Condy Lofthouse Architects care home will be 37,700 sq ft. Each of the two floors will have at least one dining room, lounge, and quiet lounge.  The upper floors of the care home will include external terraces, while the ground floor will feature various patios.

Amenities available to residents will include a café, cinema, family room, hair salon, garden room, activity room, and a pub.

Asteer Planning is the planning consultant for the project, which has a reference number of 22/00964/FUL with Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Eddison’s is the transport consultant and Booth King is the drainage strategist. Build Energy is the air quality consultant and Apex Acoustics is the noise assessor. Envirotech is the biodiversity and ecology consultant. TACE is providing sustainability advice.

Seddon has built a name for itself in the care home community, having constructed the £6m, 84-bed dementia specialist facility Telford Court in Crewe and the £3m, 52-bed Westhaven Care Home in Hoylake.

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