INNOVATIVE plans for a new £4m development for adults with learning and physical disabilities have been unanimously backed by councillors.
The Careline Lifestyles scheme will provide intensive specialist nursing and residential support to adults with a range of neurological, learning and physical disabilities at the new development in Jones Road, Hartlepool.
The independent provider hope the state-of-the-art development will become a “centre of excellence” in neuro-disability care.
Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee backed the plans at a meeting yesterday.
Plans show there will be a range of accommodation including 20 en suite single bedrooms, 15 single bedroom apartments, three single bedroom units and four two-bed units.
Up to 16 jobs are expected to be created, with roles for 10 care staff working shifts, a cook and assistant, a cleaner, a manager, an assistant manager and administration officer.
Careline Lifestyles provide a range of care for people with neurological conditions, brain injuries, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and dementia, as well as physical and mental frailties.
John Buchanan, development co-ordinator at Careline Lifestyles, said: “Careline Lifestyles are delighted to have been granted planning permission to develop a £4m revolutionary and innovative comprehensive model of care which will provide intensive specialist nursing and residential support to adults with a range of neurological, learning and physical disabilities at Jones Road, Hartlepool.
“Careline Lifestyles vision is that this development will be a centre of excellence in neuro-disability.
“The specialist care provided at Jones Road will range from acute/sub-acute nursing for those with highly complex needs to offering a transitional pathway to residential care, semi-independent living to independent living on the same site by our multi-disciplinary team consisting of nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, carers, activities co-ordinators and support workers.
“The complex, situated on a 1.3 acre site will be purpose built to a state-of-the-art specification.
“Building works are due to commence in the New Year with an anticipated completion date of spring 2014.”
Councillors agreed the plans despite three letters of objection from people in nearby Horsley Place, who raised concerns about privacy, parking problems and that the development is in the wrong place.
Planning officer Jim Ferguson said: “Extensive communal facilities will also be included in the development in the form of shared lounges, dining rooms, winter garden, therapy rooms, GP consulting rooms, hydrotherapy pool, fitness suite, sensory rooms, laundry, training and education suite, staff rooms and kitchens.”
There will be 14 parking spaces within the site, with the main access coming from Jones Road.
The site used to be the Hart Lodge care home and has also been used as a doctor’s surgery until the site was demolished and cleared.