New Care eyes Northwich approval  

The care home developer, part of McGoff Group, wants to build a 69-bedroom extra care facility off Chester Road in Hartford, Cheshire. 

New Care’s proposals are returning to Cheshire West & Chester Council’s planning committee after the scheme was refused in July as it “failed to contribute positively to the character of the area”, according to the council. 

The developer appealed that decision and an outcome is pending. In the meantime, New Care lodged fresh plans for an extra care home on the same site. 

The planned scheme, which would offer residential, nursing and specialist dementia care, would see three existing detached properties off the A559 demolished and replaced with the three-storey care home, delivered over several blocks. 

Amendments have been made to the previously refused scheme, which included four detached houses to the rear of the care home that no longer form part of the plans. 

The facility would be positioned further back from Chester Road under the revised proposals and additional landscaping, larger amenity space, and an increased number of parking spaces also feature among the revisions.

The project has been recommended for approval by the council but Hartford Parish Council claims the changes made to the plans aren’t enough to warrant planning consent being granted. 

A report from Carterwood Chartered Surveyors, commissioned by New Care, highlighted a need for more extra care beds in the area due to a growing elderly population. 

“Our calculations indicate a lack of dedicated specialist dementia beds, with an indicative need for 159 such beds in the market catchment area,” the report stated. 

Garner Town Planning is the planning consultant and Street Design Partnership is the architect.

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Yet another example of a bailout to rescue Northwich from the amateurs who approved the appalling Barons Quay development. Explain to me why would you build a cinema on the banks of a river, which is the town’s greatest asset?
Mid Cheshire College is now destined for 200 houses…no infrastructure to support it, inadequate roads, schools, GP services etc.
Northwich Infirmary – a fantastic facility but in the wrong place. Put it where should be – easy access, physio, care for the elderly – it’s a disgrace currently, so this should be non-negotiable.

By Grahame Sutton

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