Two dementia care homes, with a cinema and swimming pool, on Green Belt land near Nottingham have secured planning permission.
The scheme, which had strong support from nearby residents, is set to be built in Owthorpe Road in Cotgrave and Adbolton Lane in West Bridgford.
The Church Farm at Skylarks, in Cotgrave, will benefit from 32 new bedrooms, 5 detached assisted living pods and a community pool facility.
“More and more people will be needing and benefiting from this service for many years to come”
Aimee Allsop, supporter of the plans
A similar proposal in West Bridgford includes 30 new bedrooms for the existing dementia care home, three detached two bed assisted living pods, an on site cafe, hair salon and cinema room for residents, as well as a place to feed birds.
Patrick Atkinson, the CEO of Church Farm Care Ltd, has applauded Rushcliffe Borough Council for approving the application, which set out six “very special circumstances” to justify why the build should go ahead, despite being located on Green Belt land.
He said “The aim of Church Farm Care is to provide the best possible care, every minute of the day. Having a fantastic environment to live and work is a crucial part of this and reflects our belief that, above all else, people matter.”
Over 45 supporting comments from local residents were received by Rushcliffe Borough Council, with a lot of people praising the proposed hydrotherapy pool which is to be built as part of this development and is open to the general public.
Supporter Aimee Allsop, from Sutton Road in Kirkby-in-Ashfield said: “Dementia is a growing problem in our ever growing and ageing population, meaning more and more people will be needing and benefiting from this service for many years to come.
“Skylarks pool will also provide many people – old and young, able bodied and disabled alike to enjoy the health benefits, freedom and support that being in the water provides.”
The only other hydrotherapy facilities in Nottingham are at The University of Nottingham and the David Ross Sports Village.
Sarah Mackenzie, from Leamington Drive in Nottingham said: “I’d love to see the hydrotherapy pool developed. Hydrotherapy provides an essential part of recovery for many of the community and Nottingham doesn’t have enough.
“As a baby and toddler swimming business, we are always on the lookout for this type of pool as the temperature is perfect for little ones.”