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Plans for 73-bed care home on Woodbourne Road

Former DHA headquarters site earmarked

Plans have been lodged to demolish the former headquarters of the Department of Home Affairs on Woodbourne Road and replace it with a 73-bed care home.

Homefield Care Limited wants to spend more than £5 million building the new facility, creating 60 jobs in the process.

It's been designed to provide primary nursing care, but will also cater for the dementia and residential care 'required by the local market'.

The company won the option to purchase the site in a government tender process, but the sale will only take place should the plans be approved.

If the bid is successful, it's estimated that bed spaces will be available in the new home in 2021.

In the plans, which were drawn up by by McGarrigle Architects, it's said the three-story building will be of 'high quality' to 'enhance' the surrounding conservation area.

The lack of care bed spaces available to meet local demand is also highlighted, with the applicant describing many existing facilities as 'past their sell-by date'.

It's hoped this proposed development will go towards meeting this demand.

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