P4 Planning has submitted a full planning application to extend the Old Rectory Nursing Home in Grappenhall on behalf of the operator, a proposal that would deliver 32 additional bedspaces.
The project team said that it has engaged in pre-application consultation over a number of months to inform the design and materials to be used at the Green Belt site, which sits within a conservation area, close to a listed church. The new space would be built to the rear of the existing building.
Charlotte Fowler, associate at P4 Planning, said: “There have been a number of considerations to take into account for the application which together present a compelling case for very special circumstances, required to justify development of land in the Green Belt.
“The UK faces a social care crisis which has been well documented and has come under sharper focus in the last year with the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The existing nursing home has an excellent reputation and the new accommodation will help diversify and further enhance the quality of care that is available for the elderly in Warrington.” The new accommodation would bring the total number of potential beds to 70.
The Old Rectory Nursing Home was established in 1988, when converted from a derelict building
The project team includes P4 Planning, Fluid Architectural Design, SK Transport Planning and Garry Miller Historic Building Consultancy.