9 November 2017
Deal finalised for former children’s home following planning approval
Engine of the North, Cheshire East Council’s wholly-owned strategic property company will finalise the sale of a former council asset to Richmond Care Villages following planning approval. The redundant Redsands Children’s Centre is to become a specialised 71-bedroom dementia care village.
The site will be transformed into a specialised centre of excellence in dementia care, with landscaped gardens and residential units. Under the plans, the existing buildings will be demolished and replaced with a new care home facility, including car parking, a secure garden area and additional landscaped areas.
Councillor Jamie Macrae, Chairman of Engine of the North commented:
“We’re pleased that planning approval has been granted for a development that will bring the site back into economic use and create new jobs locally. We will now move forward with the sale.”
The new facility will create 80 jobs and operate as a satellite campus to Richmond’s existing care village in Nantwich.
Richmond Village Nantwich Manager Lynne Griffin said:
“I am absolutely delighted that we can now look forward to establishing this specialist dementia care facility in Willaston as part of the range of care and support we can offer. This new site is an exciting addition to our current facilities and will provide the very best in dementia care following extensive research and consultation.”
Under the plans, Cheshire East will keep ownership of the land to the east of the former centre, which includes a pond and football pitch. The public footpath, which runs along the eastern boundary of the site, will be retained.