Charity Granted Planning Permission to Build Care Home and Extra Care Scheme in Tonbridge

The Abbeyfield Kent Society has succeeded in ensuring that the needs of the older people of Tonbridge are met. Plans to build a much-needed care home and extra care scheme in replacement of the current Woodgate residential home have now been approved.

The Proposed Build
The Proposed Build

Planning permission has been approved for a three-story 101 bed care home which will include a nursing floor, as well as an extra care scheme which will consist of 52 one and two bed apartments.

The care home will be built on a site next to the existing Woodgate care home and once complete, the Society’s current residents will be moved across to the brand new home. This will then allow for the extra care scheme to be built, causing minimal disruption to the residents at living at Woodgate. The new build aims to meet the changing needs of the older people in Tonbridge and support the community for many years to come.

The project will create plenty of jobs in the construction industry and in the care sector, once the build is completed and open for business.

The new residential home will boast more spacious bedrooms, all with en-suite, plenty of large dining and living areas and improved washroom and assisted WC facilities. Restaurants, therapy and spa room, communal gardens, a shop and a hair and beauty salon are just some of the amenities this huge development will have to offer.  

The extra care scheme, built across from the care home, will provide residents with the independence of living in their own apartment with the added benefit of 24/7 care, companionship and support. Caring Companions, The Abbeyfield Kent Society’s domiciliary team will be onsite and will provide tailored care packages to suit residents’ individual needs and requirements.

Leon Steer, Chief Executive of The Abbeyfield Kent Society said: “The charity has been providing accommodation and care for older people in Kent for over 46 years and Tonbridge, like all communities in Kent, will be experiencing a substantial increase in the numbers of older people needing long-term permanent care in the coming years.

“This exciting project will create four years of development work and over 100 new permanent jobs, strengthening the Tonbridge economy and relieving the suffering of many very vulnerable people.”

Building work is due to start during the autumn of 2014 and the first phase is scheduled to be completed in 2015. 

Posted : 19/09/2014

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