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New Lease of Life for Care Home at the Heart of the Community

Planning permission has been secured for the redevelopment of a care home in Addlestone, Surrey.

Councillors have now approved the St Augustine’s Care Home scheme, which consists of two complementary elements, following a process encompassing positive community liaison reflecting the Government’s Big Society approach in action.

The first part is the redevelopment of an existing care home, owned and managed by the English Provenience of the Sisters Hospitallers of Sacred Heart of Jesus, to provide state-of-the-art dementia care facilities. The second element covers the erection of 40 residential dwellings which will comprise of a mixture of two, three and four-bedroom properties on land which has been deemed surplus to requirements. This will help fund the project.

The proposals were approved by Runnymede Borough Council’s Planning Committee on Wednesday 18th April subject to the signing of a legal agreement which will provide 16 affordable homes and contributions to the Thames Basin Heath Special Protection Area.

Keir Price, of Brooke Smith Planning, said: “After positive discussions with local residents and planning officers at Runnymede Borough Council, we’re delighted that the proposals for the redevelopment of the care home and ancillary residential development have now been endorsed.

This will allow the Sisters to remain at the heart of the community in Addlestone for the foreseeable future, serving that community with the very best facilities. The adjacent enabling residential development will also see vacant land come back into beneficial use and also provide much needed affordable homes for the local area.”