Approval has been recommended for a 60-bed care home in Crowthorne.

The application by Crowthorne Care, a joint venture between REPD Projects Development and Barchester Healthcare, goes before Wokingham Borough Council’s (WBC) planning committee on Wednesday, July 12.

The developer wants to demolish a large home at Oak Dale on a 0.91-hectare site in Lower Wokingham Road to build the three-storey care home. The developer’s research found there to be considerable local need.

A planning need assessment for a care home demonstrated a net need for 338 care home bedrooms with full en-suite rooms in the WBC segment of the market catchment area and a shortfall of 712 full-en-suite bedrooms in the entire local authority area.

The application’s planning statement noted: “There is therefore a considerable existing local need for this development and should carry significant weight in determining the application.”

The approval recommendation requires a s106 agreement to be signed within three months.

The team on the project includes Harris Irwin Architects, REPD on planning and Ubu Design on landscaping.

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