Highwood receive planning permission for 67-bed care home in Hampshire

Congratulations to Highwood, who have just received planning permission on their latest care home development in Alton, Hampshire, with the support of a planning need assessment from Carterwood.

The proposed development will include a specifically designed care facility with 67-bed en-suite wetrooms, alongside 28 apartments providing affordable, age restricted sheltered accommodation. The care home will incorporate a range of wellbeing and entertainment facilities such as a café, hair and beauty salon, cinema and gym together with a variety of lounges, dining rooms and communal spaces.

The development has been designed by highly respected landscape architect firms, UBU and Deacon Design, with Cinnamon being the proposed operating partner.

Image: Harris Irwin architects


Jon Bray, planning manager at Highwood, comments;

“This type of development is much needed in the context of our ageing and growing population. These care home beds and apartments will help meet identified needs and the growing demand for such facilities locally and across the East Hampshire district and will deliver a new landscaped area of public open space in a gateway location. 

Carterwood’s planning need assessment provided a clear and concise assessment of the local market’s need for elderly care home beds, adding strength to our planning application and undoubted weight to the granted decision. 

I would like to thank Carterwood for the critical role they played in helping us reach this important milestone.”

The sector-specialist team at Carterwood are thrilled to have supported this application with a planning need assessment that independently assessed the need for additional elderly care home beds.

Jessamy Venables, Carterwood director and planning need specialist, comments:

“Carterwood’s planning need assessment indicated that there is an expected shortfall of 400 care beds in the East Hampshire District by 2034, with almost 100 of these being within the market catchment of the proposed care home. This assumes that all currently planned supply is developed and that there is no loss of any existing care home provision. 

The proposed home has been designed to best meet the needs of those elderly people who now require care in a Care Quality Commission registered care home. This new development will be future proofed in terms of design and layout to ensure that it will continue to provide high quality care accommodation, and it is well placed to attract and retain local staff. 

The local catchment is characterised by a higher-than-average elderly population profile, compared to the UK as a whole, and the proposals will ensure that there is high quality provision available for all older people whose care needs progress to requiring care in a care home.”

The Carterwood team wish Highwood, and their development and operating partners, all the best as this latest development moves forward to provide the elderly residents of Alton and surrounding areas with state-of-the-art accommodation and care.

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