PLANS have been submitted for a new 32-room care home in Downton. 

If approved, it would be on land west of Ashley Grange Nursing Home on Lode Hill, and would also include communal facilities, staff accommodation, car parking and landscaping, as part of provision of care at Ashley Grange.

The planning documents say that the proposed care home, which would be located on an overgrown area of the grounds of Ashley Grange Nursing Home, will operate independently to Ashley Grange, and have its own kitchens, laundry and staff accommodation.

Ashley Grange is an existing 55-bedroom care home owned and run by Hartford Care.

The existing building and its gardens are to the east of the site of the proposals and are outside of the application boundary.

The existing access for Ashley Grange is retained, and an extension to the car parking is proposed to provide for the new care home.

Previous planning applications on site have been approved for similar schemes in 2000 and 2006 and this application is similar to the expired permission S2006/2142.

To view the plans click here