Care home will be landmark

Open evening at King West. 'Pictured: Andrew Inchbald and Colin Clayson. 'IMAGE.
Open evening at King West. 'Pictured: Andrew Inchbald and Colin Clayson. 'IMAGE.
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A developer is proposing a landmark building in Towcester which will become the town’s first private care home.

Although there is a Northants County Council run care home in Towcester , the proposal by Clayson Country Homes for a 50-bed care home on the vacant site in Water Lane will be the first private nursing home.

The planning application was lodged after the developer had submitted three pre-application proposals which were turned down by SNC officers. Managing director Colin Clayson said planning officers had pushed for a high-quality design and he finally received pre-application approval with a faithful recreation of a Victorian town house.

Mr Clayson added: “It is also going to create lots of jobs, and that’s long term, sustainable employment near to residential areas so care workers can walk to work.”

Mr Clayson said local authorities have been building fewer care homes in past years and that it was unusual for a town like Towcester, with its own ageing population, not to have a choice of homes.

He added: “Simply put, and I’m sure many people would agreed, this will give people the chance to stay in the town rather than being removed from the community in which they live.”

The site is designated as commercial and employment land and was last occupied in 2006 when Radstone Technology moved offices and stopped using the site as a carpark.

South Northants Council will decide on the application in due course.