Oaklands Care Home Site Leyland
The convent sits below the primary school in the image. Credit: via planning documents

Trio of healthcare projects comes forward

Neil Tague

Facilities spanning various classes of care and treatment are being advanced in Leyland, Wallasey and St Helens.

In Leyland, plans have been lodged for Oaklands, a 66-bed care home in a project that involves the demolition of the Convent of Our Lady of the Missions on Moss Lane.

Corsa Construction, advised by Liverpool-based Baltic Planning & Development, has applied to South Ribble Council for permission to develop the convent site, which sits close to a primary school and housing close to the M6.

The site has been the subject of earlier applications for smaller care homes, a 35-bed facility being approved in 2016 and a 46-bed equivalent a year later. Corsa wants to deliver a three-storey development in the northern part of the site in a scheme designed by Keith Davidson Partnership.

Building on the convent footprint and an adjacent slabbed area, this would mean the project not encroaching on the designated greenfield part of the site. Chorley Council, a statutory consultee, has already said it has no objection.

In St Helens, a change of use application has been lodged at Rainford Hall for the conversion of offices and consulting rooms to a residential care institution, including the addition of a garden room.

Cass Associates is advising the applicant, the Rainford Estate, while the proposed end-user will be Steps Together, a specialist private residential and outpatient addiction treatment provider.

Owned by the Pilkington family, the 1880s-built hall was converted from residential to officers in the 1980s, but in recent years has struggled to top occupancy levels of 35% to 40%.

The conversion and addition of a garden toom takes the building’s footprint to a total of 23,700 sq ft.

AM’s planning statement said that the Steps Together management team has extensive experience of local authority-commissioned services, and intend to develop a strong partnership with local services in the local authority footprint.

Since 2017, it said, the organisation has treated more than 250 people from the Liverpool city region at its other locations, including work with corporate clients supporting their staff.

The organisation also works with professional sports organisations and emergency services bodies. Typically, those undergoing treatment stay for 28 days.

Specialist operator Exemplar Health Care has meanwhile secured consent for its Edgewater development in Wallasey.

Due to open in summer 2022, the centre will support up to 30 adults living with acquired brain injuries, spinal injuries, stroke and complex physical disabilities and mental health conditions.

Charlotte Lloyd, commissioning director at Exemplar, said: “This community-based home will provide person-centred care and rehabilitation that focuses on maximising independence, building everyday living skills, and empowering people to live as fulfilled lives as possible.

Watson Batty Architects has designed the scheme.

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