First Look at New Care Hub

Here’s a first look at artists impressions of the new proposed care facility in Blantyre. The planning application for the intermediate care hub and 45 new council homes on the site of the old St Joseph’s Primary, Blantyre has now been submitted.

There will now be both the normal planning process consultations, neighbour notification and a community engagement exercise to give people details on the proposals so they have the information to make informed comments.

New Council Homes

45 new council houses also feature as part of the proposed campus style development, 20 of which will be technology enabled homes to offer long-term supported accommodation to older people and to individuals with complex disabilities. It is worth noting that all the houses and flats will have private off-street parking and the care hub will have parking areas for staff, visitors and public.

Proposals

The plans centre on the former St Joseph’s Primary School site in Blantyre, if approved the Care Hub will provide South Lanarkshire residents with a dedicated intermediate care facility designed to support people to live in their own homes for longer as they grow older and care needs become more complex.

Intermediate Care is short stay care designed to help people recover their health and return to their home after a period of ill health or a hospital stay.

South Lanarkshire Council Executive Director of Health and Social Care Val de Souza said: “All the evidence is that older people do not want to move away from their homes and their communities unless there is no other suitable alternative, investing in intermediate care greatly increases our ability to ensure more people in South Lanarkshire will have their wish to stay at home met.”

South Lanarkshire Council Executive Director of Housing and Technical Resources Daniel Lowe said: “The technology enabled homes will help the council provide families, carers and partners with the home they need to stay together and support a family member who needs a higher level of care due to age, disability or illness. The additional council housing in the centre of Blantyre would be a boost to the housing stock in the town.”

Campus Style Layout

The plans also lay out community facing elements of the proposed Care Hub which would include a café, a technology area, meeting spaces and consultation/treatment rooms which would provide support for community based care.

If plans for the Care Hub are approved it would also create additional employment opportunities in Blantyre and the wider South Lanarkshire community both during the construction phase and in operation once complete.

The Care Hub has also been designed to act as a centre of excellence for training for careers in care and for professionals already working in the field.

With the plans for the site submitted to South Lanarkshire Council’s Planning Department on Wednesday 29 May they are now available for anyone who wishes to inspect them and representations can be submitted for consideration as part of the planning process.

Application is now in the public domain and can be viewed here:
https://publicaccess.southlanarkshire.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=PSIKA1OPKBO00&activeTab=summary

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