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28th Jun, 2022

Care village given the go-ahead

PLANS for a care village on Warwickshire College’s former site in Henley have been given the go ahead.

A 64 bed care home and three apartment blocks are set to be built by developer Octopus Healthcare. Some of these apartments would be in the grade II listed Arden House.

A Stratford District Council report into the proposal said the accommodation met identified needs in the district and would help maintain the balance of the housing in the district where more than 7,000 people over 75 were living alone with a terminal illness.

Some concerns raised by residents included the loss of green belt, strain on the local medical centre and the impact of increased traffic.

But officers said there would be medical care on site, and there would be no building on land not already built on, and as the development would include 90 parking spaces, neighbouring residents should not be affected by parking issues.

A spokesman for Octopus said: “The proposal for this site is to create care-led development with a variety of accommodation for older people in the form of self-contained ‘extra care’ apartments and purpose-designed residential care home.

“This is a sympathetic use of the site and would allow the listed building to be converted with minimum impact on its fabric and nature.”

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