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Rebecca Wayman

New £115m care homes and hotel developments to create over 700 jobs

Plans for care villages and residential homes throughout the UK have been unveiled by North East operators, Crown Care.

This is to create more than 700 jobs, aiming to make standard developments of better quality. The company has planning permission in place for three developments with others in the pipeline.

Baldev Ladhar, Crown Care’s director, said: “We pride ourselves on providing thriving homes with a philosophy of care that puts the needs of our residents at the centre of everything we do and how we do it.

“We are investing more than £115m to deliver a nationwide portfolio of care facilities with the focus on the care village model - communities at the heart of the community where they are based.”

Future developments with planning permission are being designed by Newcastle-based architects, ID Partnership. They include: Middlemore in Daventry, the proposal is 307 homes made up of apartments, houses and bungalows with central facilities, which will form a new care village.

Residents should be able to access various services including housework, laundry services and short-term support from care staff when necessary. Transport links will also be available. The £60m scheme is expected to create 300 jobs with Phase One expected to be complete in 2019.

A second site is at Northallerton, where Crown Care has proposed to develop a vacant site into an 82-bedroom, three-storey hotel. This is to cost £15m and will create around 120 jobs.

Also, Hucknall in Nottinghamshire is to receive a 74-bed care home, near to the high-street. The £6m development should be completed by early 2019, creating 90 jobs. This scheme is being designed by Iain Murphy of Acanthus Derbyshire Architects Ltd.

Developments still in the process of planning include ones in Daventry, York and Buckinghamshire. They are anticipated to take the total of new jobs created over the next 18 months to 770.

All care homes could include treatment rooms with qualified therapists and beauticians; hair salons; a library; internet cafe; a social TV room as well as free WiFi.

Ladhar added: “Crown Care is investing not simply in new homes but in taking the whole care concept to the next level.

“The company has attracted some of the leading clinicians and managers from across the care sector who have contributed to achieving what are high standards of excellence. We look forward to getting on site and creating homes for hundreds of residents.”

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