New plans submitted for 32-bed care home

A need for a 32-bed care home in Coldstream has been identified by the social work department, according to the prospective developers of a site in the town.

An application for a two-storey, 32-bed care home at Ladies Field, Duns Road, has been made by landowner Andrew Douglas Home – the latest attempt to develop land which lies outwith the town boundary. An application for a 60-bed care home was turned down in 2006.

In their application on behalf of Mr Douglas Home, architects Aitken Turnbull say: “A number of robust meetings have been held with representatives of Scottish Borders Council social work department and they have confirmed there is a current need for a 32-bed care home inclusive of an eight-bed dementia facility.

“The local authority also confirmed that they welcomed the proposal for a purpose built facility designed to current standards which would meet specific needs since of the 23 care homes which exist in the Borders only three have been puroposely designed as care homes.

“We have also held several meetings with representatives of the planning department to discuss our proposals and in particular the processes of evaluating other sites both within and outwith the settlement boundary and also demonstrating the local need.

“Our submission is the result of close discussion with both the planning and social work departments and we feel it forms a robust case for the provision of a care home on the site at Ladies Field.”

The previous application for the site came at the same time as Lennel House owners, Guardian Care Homes wanted to build another home at Duns Road. The Ladies Field site was turned down and the Guardian Homes application for Duns Road approved, but the condition that it was a purpose built replacement for Lennel House meant the new home was never built.