Proposals for a new care village on the outskirts of Stratford to meet the needs of the town’s elderly population have been lodged with the district council.

The 8.75-acre scheme, off the Banbury Road, is to be developed by local landowner and investor Mixed Farms Ltd. It includes a GP group practice, pharmacy and related facilities, along with a 50-bed nursing home, a 40-bed “extra-care” apartment block and 18 bungalow “almshouses” incorporating provision for the disabled.

The care village proposals were the subject of a consultation exercise in January by Stratford District Council planners for the Local Development Framework Draft Core Strategy and have now been worked into a formal outline planning application.

Nigel Gough, town planning and development director of Bigwood, which is planning consultant to the developer, said: “The provision of this care village will support the aspirations of Stratford District Council to provide specialist accommodation for the elderly in a new, domestic-scale complex adjoining the town boundary.

“There is an acknowledged requirement for accommodation for the elderly who need continuing care and support. An independent report, commissioned by the applicant, confirms that premise and particularly for the Stratford District as a whole.

“We know that the Warwickshire Primary Care Trust and the District Council have been looking at the possibility of replacing one of the town’s GP practices. Our scheme provides for a new group and community surgery, which could serve Stratford town’s housing south of the Avon.

“This scheme has substantial economic and employment benefits for Stratford town as well as for the Bridgetown, Alveston and Tiddington areas. In addition it addresses some of the district’s short and medium-term requirement for a range of accommodation for the elderly, including nursing care, “extra care”, semi-independent living and for the disabled.

“The accommodation and the facilities for the Care Village have been designed to cater for the elderly in a very attractive landscaped setting with a quiet environment.

“The master planning for the scheme has been prepared by Brophy Riaz & Partners of Birmingham”.

Frank Brophy, chartered architect and director at Brophy Riaz, said: “The main objective in the design concept is to create a strong sense of community within the development as a whole and it is believed that this will add to the feeling of personal wellbeing for the residents.

“Another objective is to provide a range of residential accommodation which will facilitate the maximum degree of independence to residents with differing levels of mobility.”

Details of the scheme, including plans and supporting reports, will be available for consideration at a public consultation day to be held at Alveston Village Hall, Ferry Lane, Alveston on Friday, July 10, from 1pm-6.30pm. All are welcome and any comments will be forwarded to Stratford District Council’s Planning Department.