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Planning consultation begins for new care home in Leighton Buzzard

Friday, 16 October 2020

We've just launched a planning consultation for feedback on a new care home in Leighton Buzzard – the first we'll have built in around 40 years.

The application is for a modern 63-bed residential care home on Hockliffe Road (the site of the former police station). If approved, construction could start in spring 2021, with work taking around one year to complete.

Have your say in our planning consultation.

The care home will have:

  • 63 places
  • private and secure outdoor space
  • communal spaces for residents
  • multi-purpose space
  • community space
  • parking for residents, staff and visitors

The new home showcases passive design which ensures far lower carbon emissions associated with a building through, for example, increasing wall thicknesses. This demonstrates national level leadership in carbon reduction whilst also helping to deliver objectives of our sustainability plan.

The formal consultation, which lasts for 21 days, allows for feedback on the technical town planning aspects of the new care home, such as the physical design, its size, where it is located and aspects such as car parking spaces.

Councillor Carole Hegley, our Executive Member for Executive Member for Adults, Social Care, Housing Operations and Customer Services said:

The submission of a planning application is a key milestone in the delivery of our ambitious plans to offer a choice of homes to the older residents living in our area.

This home will be the first we've built in more than 40 years, demonstrating our commitment to respond to a growing and rapidly ageing population that need access to a range of homes better suited to people with increasingly complex care needs.

We know that local residents will be interested so we have created dedicated web content to keep residents updated about key stages of the planning process, through to delivery.

Find out more about the new care home.