New care home could create 120 jobs in Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 11:00 24 October 2018

Artist impression of how the new Barchester Healthcare care home, in Drake's Avenue, could look. Picture: East Devon District Council

Artist impression of how the new Barchester Healthcare care home, in Drake's Avenue, could look. Picture: East Devon District Council

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Up to 120 new jobs could be created if a proposal for a new Exmouth care home is given the green light.

Barchester Healthcare has submitted a planning application to build a 75-bed facility in Withycombe which it is claimed will create new employment for hundreds of people in the town.

If approved, the new three-storey building will be constructed on the site of the now-demolished Moreton Care Home, in Drake’s Avenue.

Planning permission was previously granted for 61 retirement living care units on the plot in 2016, which, the developer says ‘establishes a principle’ of redevelopment.

The plan’s design and access statement said: “The new residential care home will be constructed to a very high standard and we believe will bring measurable benefits to the community, ranging for example, from the improvement of the current site condition including a reduction in the amount of traffic and lorries using the site to the creation of up to 80-120 new employment opportunities within the area.”

The site has been vacant since the former Moreton Care Home – deemed ‘outdated’ and ‘no longer fit for purpose’ - was demolished following an application to knock it down in 2016.

According to Barchester, the new care home will have 25 rooms on each floor as well as residents’ lounges, dining rooms, an entertainment and wellbeing area, a refuse store, a laundry room and landscaped gardens.

There will also be 30 parking spaces provided for staff and visitors as well as cycle and motorbike 
stands.

The trees already on the site will be retained and there will also be separate communal and dementia gardens.

Barchester claims that there is currently a lack of full-time professional care nationally and this new development would help fill that gap.

The design and access statement said: “A facility such as this will go a considerable way towards meeting with this under-supply of inadequate provision.”

People have until Friday, November 16, to consult on this application.

Exmouth Town Council’s planning committee will discuss the proposal before East Devon District 
Council makes the final decision.

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