Plans for a new specialist facility and additional care to meet growing demand in Wrexham > News

Job : Mon 28 February 2022

A new specialist and additional care facility to help meet growing demand could soon be built at a care home in Wrexham.

An application submitted to Wrexham Council proposes that the new development, which will provide specialist dementia care facilities, be erected in Pendine Park in Gwersyllt.

Currently provides housing for nearly 250 residents with a range of “medical conditions and nursing requirements, including brain damage, dementia, physical disabilities and mental illness”.

However, if the plans are approved, the applicants say the new ‘Pen Y Don’ development will provide 75 beds as a ‘free accommodation service and center of excellence’.

If approved, the development could create 20 new jobs in the area.

The development is described by the applicants as being necessary to accommodate the growing and aging population.

McCormick Architecture, agents acting on behalf of Pendine, said: “The demand for centers of excellence such as Pendine Park continues to grow, and there is a real need to ensure that the Authority’s LDP takes appropriate and practical arrangements for the continued development of Pendine Park as a recognized special case support center for the local and wider community.

“Pen Y Don will provide this future capacity and specialist care delivery in Wrexham and the North Wales region.

“Pen Y Don will fulfill a specific Care Allowance for Pendine Park (in the site’s former landscaped gardens) which will ensure that current services are maintained and contribute to the development of future essential services in Pendine Park as an award-winning center of excellence in the specialist care and formal training of staff, and the protection and encouragement of local employment growth, and will enable further development of facilities and services to benefit the community in and around Wrexham.

Planning permission for a similar development had been cleared by councilors in the summer of 2019 despite concerns over the scale of the proposed building.

However, in September 2021 applicants were advised “that the latest proposals could no longer be considered under planning permission as condition 4 of that approval limited the floor area to 3000m²”.

Details provided in the Design and Access Statement state that the new plans use “less site area, leaving more area for landscaping, trees and ecology“.

Described as providing the ‘next step in groundbreaking care for families and communities’ in Wrexham and across the region, the facility would be based on two floors and ‘sit on a smaller building footprint’ than originally proposed in 2019.

The applicants add: “The building is cut into the sloping ground as can be seen on the application drawings, which means that it sits lower in the ground than did the indications approved on the sketch.

“It is an important aspect of the design that it blends into the landscape. Pen Y Don will not be visible from a majority of external vantage points other than a glimpsed view through the existing lower gates on Summerhill Road .

“There are no noticeable differences in staffing levels or number of beds, and therefore no perceptible difference in traffic compared to that already agreed to at the mainline planning stage.

“The design and materials of Pen Y Don are complementary to the character of the existing Pendine Park care home buildings and will fit in well with the overall character of the area.”

If approval is granted, access to the new development will be provided through the existing entrance and exit to the care home.

A new footpath is also proposed to link Pen-y-Don to the existing buildings, “starting from the new main entrance, along the embankment and linking the existing footpath and the internal site road to the north, serving the existing buildings”.

The candidates add: “Pendine Park is an important and positive existing asset for the Wrexham area and the local community.

“It provides top quality care and specialist health care to the region, employment of over 500 local people, attracts specialist skills to the region, provides educational training, assists primary health care providers and can accommodate future expansion of Pendine Park as existing. brownfield infrastructure installation.

“The approval of the Pen Y Don proposal at full planning stage will be entirely appropriate and support the needs of the community for the future, particularly in light of the pressures on the NHS, and demonstrates the Pendine Park’s commitment to invest in Wrexham’s future. , in his community, employment and care for the elderly and frail.

“The openness and character of the countryside will be maintained and integrated into future development at the site through regular planning checks other than a Green Wedge policy, and sensitive development at Pendine Park cannot and will not put not jeopardize the primary policy objective of Green Wedge as before. discussed in this statement.

“There is no justifiable reason to deny the principle of expansion and development to Pendine Park, and the overall benefits to the residents of County Wrexham and North Wales as a whole in terms of care, d Employment and education are important and positive balancing considerations in support of granting planning permission for this proposal. »

The application will be considered for approval by Wrexham Council at a later date.

Image: Planning documents

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