A new care home will be built in Grantown-on-Spey after the planning committee of the Cairngorms National Park Authority granted planning permission for the development today (19th December).
Parklands Developments Ltd are behind the 40-bedroom, single storey development on the town’s Seafield Avenue, which will also house a café, hairdressing salon, family room and secure garden. The home will provide assisted living, short term respite, post-operative and convalescence care, as well as day care.
Planning Officer Fiona Murphy said: “A new care home in Grantown would certainly provide economic benefits in terms of jobs and provide a valuable service locally. The proposed design is a good one reflecting the traditional pattern and character of the area and with conditions attached to the consent, issues around flooding, parking and traffic management can be addressed.
“Although not allocated for development in the current Local Plan or proposed Local Development Plan the site is suitable and assessed on its merits, I recommend it for approval.”
Planning Committee Convener, Eleanor Mackintosh commented: “I think this is a good application and I am happy to support it. You can tell that the applicant has made a real effort in terms of designing a building that will fit well in the site and they have gone to a great deal of effort to work with the relevant bodies and our planning officers to overcome some of the concerns that have been raised during the processing of this application.
“I think a new care home in Grantown, providing more jobs, will be really good for the local economy – especially in light of moves to close the Ian Charles Hospital.”
To read the planning papers in full click here.