Billericay Farm could see a new 70-bed care home with plans

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A care home with a gym, cinema and roof garden is planned in Essex’s green belt.

Buildings at Buttsbury Lodge Farm, Billericay, would be demolished to make way for the 70-bed home, which is intended to care for residents with various needs, including those with dementia.

The plans of Hallmark Care Homes and sister company Savista Developments were validated by Basildon Borough Council on August 2, 2022.

According to a design and access statement submitted with the application, a landscaping strategy is employed to ensure the development is sensitive, due to its proposed location within the borough’s greenbelt.

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What the new retirement home might look like. Credit: DWA Architects

One section read, “Although the program is in the green belt; its proximity to the boundary of the Billericay settlement and its location within the Stock Road linear development means that it contributes in a limited way to the woodland farmland characteristics of the local area.

“Therefore, the program has sought to retain and enhance key assets of borders and street scenes such as hedges and trees; develop a project that respects neighboring amenities and the openness of the landscape beyond.

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If approved, the building will have three floors plus a basement and will be laid out in an L-shape with 37 parking spaces to the front and gardens to the rear and sides.

The basement would contain six “premium” rooms, shops, a gym, a cinema, a restaurant and changing rooms, as well as a “wellness suite”, according to the press release.

Echo: What the new retirement home might look like.  Credit: DWA ArchitectsWhat the new retirement home might look like. Credit: DWA Architects

An entrance and reception hall, a café, a hairdressing salon, a dining room, offices, storage rooms, day spaces and 21 en-suite bedrooms will be on the ground floor, he continues.

The first floor would be for specialist dementia facilities, including a cafe, hair salon, music room, library, shop and access to a dedicated dementia roof garden and dining room. dining, in addition to 25 specialized rooms.

Standard and specialist nursing would be located on the second floor, which would also contain a garden room, clinic, dining room, storerooms, day spaces, engine room and 18 bedrooms.

According to the statement, roof-mounted heat pumps and solar panels would be used to ensure the building is low-carbon.

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