Care home plans given go-ahead

Cherwell District Council offices at Bodicote House
Cherwell District Council offices at Bodicote House

Two proposals for new care homes in Banburyshire have been approved by Cherwell district councillors.

At last Thursday’s planning committee meeting at Bodicote House, councillors first approved plans to create a 73-bedroom care home on a disused brownfield site between The Leys and North Bar Place, Banbury, and then agreed on plans for a separate 60-bed care home and extra care facility on land off the Oxford Road, Adderbury.

Speaking about the care home in Banbury, councillor Michael Gibbard, Cherwell’s lead member for planning, said: “This development meets a lot of the guidelines set by the Government and the National Planning Policy Framework which include the development of Brownfield sites, provision of residential accommodation in town centres to increase vitality and ensuring the planning system supports economic growth.

“This development ticks all of those boxes and will help address an increasing need to provide more specialist housing to accommodate our residents in older age.”

The site will create 40 full-time and 40 part-time positions for carers who will provide 24-hour support to frail, elderly residents. The existing building on the site was previously used by Little B Engineering Co and will now be demolished to make way for the three-storey care home, associated landscaping and car parking provision.

Gracewell Healthcare’s plan to build a 60-bed nursing home on land north of Greenhills and Adderbury Bowls Club was approved despite objections from more than 200 residents who raised concerns about the impact the care home would have on the environment.

The nursing home will combine boutique hotel interior design with leading-edge dementia and innovative specialist care facilities and services. The new home will include a hair and beauty spa, a nail bar, café, library and WiFi access.

It will create about 65 jobs in management, nursing, catering and gardening.