New 66-bed care home will be built near Huntingdon after final sign off agreed

Plans to build a new 66-bed nursing home have been finalized despite some concerns about the proposed parking spaces.

The new nursing home is to be built on property off the A1190 in Godmanchester.

The home is operated by the Avery Healthcare Group and is used for elderly care and specialized dementia care.

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The Holdover Application for detailed plans for the site followed a previously approved framework application to build a nursing home on the property.

Huntingdonshire District Council councilors met last night (Monday 22 November) to discuss the proposals at the Development Management Committee meeting.

Some expressed concerns about the 25 car parking spaces planned for the site and whether this would be enough to accommodate future visitors and the 60 employees.

Councilor Sarah Conboy said the number of parking spaces for staff was the “fundamental problem” for her, stating that due to the location of the site, there would be no other parking spaces nearby.

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The Avery Healthcare Group representative told city councils that the number of places proposed is more than the other nursing homes operated by the group offer.

He also said a car sharing program would be introduced for employees on the way to and from work and that staff shifts would be staggered. He added that some employees may use public transportation, ride bicycles, or possibly walk to the site.

A Godmanchester City Council representative, Councilor Colin Hyams, said the city council also had concerns about the proposed parking spaces, but also expressed concerns about the proposed balconies.

He told council members on the committee that the balconies at the rear of the building overlook the houses behind the property and are “particularly intrusive”. He said the city council requested their removal.

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Councilor Mike Humphrey, however, believed that the benefits to future nursing home staff and residents of being able to sit on a balcony on a “fine summer’s day” would “outweigh the effects of the loss of privacy” on the homes behind the site.

The agent also responded to the loss of privacy concerns, stressing that plans had been changed prior to the meeting and that opaque glass was being used on the balconies, saying they were not “intrusive”.

He told the committee that the plans are a “high quality proposal” that will provide “the much-needed specialized dementia care”, add 60 new jobs while “freeing up local housing when residents move into the home”.

He said the applicant believed the nursing home would “complement and enhance the environment”.

The committee councils approved the motion.

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