Issue 1
June 2015
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Land at South Tehidy, Cornwall

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Above: Site location marked in red boundary

Proposed new care village on land at South Tehidy.


Cornwall’s foremost charity caring for people and families suffering from dementia-related illness is preparing plans for the 2nd of its county-wide ‘care-village’ concepts.

 

This online edition of INFORMATION provides local residents with an early opportunity to learn more about proposals by Cornwall Care to develop a new care facility on land at South Tehidy. The development will be in addition to the charity’s existing homes; Blackwood and St Martins in Camborne and The Green in Redruth. It forms part of a county-wide strategy to develop high-quality, modern facilities in key locations that are better able to meet the growing demand for care-related accommodation across Cornwall.

 

In this Edition:


 
 

Cornwall Care Homes… a new way forward


Douglas Webb
Douglas Webb. Chief Executive

Cornwall Care has 16 residential and nursing homes across the county. We have a particular reputation for our expertise in working with families living with dementia-related illnesses. Each week we provide care and support for over 1500 people – and each week that number grows a little larger. David Cameron recently described Dementia and Alzheimer’s as “the quiet crisis that steals lives and tears at the heart of families”. He was right, but there is little that is ‘quiet’ about it today. Over 857,000 people in the UK face the challenge of living with dementia. In ten years time that number will be well over one million. Around 23 million people have a close friend or family member with it.

The quiet crisis that steals lives and tears at the heart of families”

Cornwall is one of the country’s most popular retirement locations and whilst it is no surprise that so many people want to live here - that presents us with some particular challenges. Our community is ageing, but we do not have access to the same levels of medical and care infrastructure enjoyed in other parts of England. We need to come up with new solutions and strategies in order that we are better prepared for the future.

Staying Together

One of the worst effects of dementia-related illness is that as it progresses, it slowly tears people apart, particularly couples, until one of them often has little choice other than to live in residential care. Some years ago we started exploring the idea of developing places where people could live perfectly normal, active lives knowing that the day they needed any help or support – whether from disability, illness or simple old age – that help would be just a stone’s throw away. And if things came to the point where more intensive care was needed; that too would be just a short walk away.

We need to develop strategies and create partnerships which will find new ways to fund our residential care and nursing homes. We believe one solution lies in working closely with house-builders to deliver new homes on selected sites – with a substantial part of the profit from those homes being used to fund care facilities for the future. The development at Tehidy would be the first step in realising a new, sustainable future.

The masterplan layout included in this newsletter is a first step towards producing plans that will eventually form the basis of a planning application. We have also provided information about the application process. If you would like to learn a bit more about what we do, then please take some time to visit our web-site at www.cornwallcare.com

Douglas Webb. Chief Executive

Step One. Masterplan Concept. Our plans at South Tehidy...
and what happens next.


 

This plan shows our emerging designs for the land at South Tehidy. It proposes a two-storey 90 bed central care home. It also includes 78 open-market dwellings across the remainer of the site. We need the open-market units to fund the care facilities. The layout is fairly open but with particular emphasis on landscaping and screening. There are three access points in order that traffic movement is not concentrated at a single point.

Who owns the land?

The land is currently owned by the RNLI; so two charities will benefit from its development. Cornwall Care cannot compete with commercial housebuilders, supermarkets and other developers for the land that we need; so opportunities for sites like this one are relatively rare.

Above: An artists impression of the development

What Happens Next?

We are currently in the pre-application stage of the planning process and our first task is to inform people living in the vicinity of the site about our current plans. If there are particular issues, aspirations or concerns you may have about our proposals then you can contact us by using the FREEPOST or EMAIL addresses to the right. The feedback we receive will help guide and inform the design process and will also be included in a Statement of Community Involvement that will be submitted as part of a planning application.

Once a planning application is submitted to Cornwall Council, this will initiate the formal planning consultation process. Copies of the plans will be sent to a number of council departments dealing with issues such as highways, education, and affordable housing. A number of statutory agencies will also be invited to comment; these will include The Environment Agency, English Heritage, Natural England and service providers such as Western Power and South West Water. The Council will also carry out its own consultation with the Parish Council and local residents. The process will last approximately 13 weeks , following which, Cornwall Council will then determine whether of not to grant planning consent.

 
More Information

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Once a planning application is submitted to Cornwall Council, this will initiate the formal planning consultation process. Copies of the plans will be sent to a number of council departments dealing with issues such as highways, education, and affordable housing. A number of statutory agencies will also be invited to comment; these will include The Environment Agency, English Heritage, Natural England and service providers such as Western Power and South West Water. The Council will also carry out its own consultation with the Parish Council and local residents. The process will last approximately 13 weeks, following which, Cornwall Council will then determine whether of not to grant planning consent.

Above: Artist’s impression of one of the public spaces.

 

How the new facility will ‘work’

The new care facility will provide people and families affected by the early onset of dementia-related disease and other chronic illnesses or disabilities with a fresh alternative to the traditional nursing home. The open-market homes will be developed and sold by a housebuilder. Some will be designed and constructed to lifetime homes standards and an agreed specification in keeping with the setting of the site. The money Cornwall Care receives from this will help fund the central care facility and any extra-care accomodation. Space will also be provided for a coffee-shop, hairdressers and a community area, secure gardens and public spaces. The project will cost in the region of £15million pounds.

 

Cornwall Needs (More) Care

The Alzheimer’s Society report; Dementia 2013: The Hidden Voice of Loneliness reported that people with dementia want to live in an enabling and supportive environment where they have a sense of belonging and are a valued part of family, community and civic life. 38% of people with dementia said that they had lost friends after a diagnosis and can feel a burden to family and friends.

In 2013 there were 9034 people living in Cornwall with Dementia. That number is steadily rising.

Cornwall has a total of 58 care-homes with 2296 nursing beds. There are just 149 nursing beds serving Camborne and Redruth. This is despite the fact that Camborne and Redruth have one of the highest populations of over 65’s in Cornwall.

Independent Consultants, Carterwood, have identified a shortfall of 944 nursing beds in the immediate area and this is forecast to rise considerably by around 60 beds per year until 2020 and probably beyond as well.

Whats your View?

Please use this feedback form to record any comments and views you may have about the development proposals. The feedback we receive will be used to guide and inform the design of the site. The feedback will also be recorded in a Statement of Community Involvement that will be submitted as part of a future planning application. Simply click the Send Feedback button when you have completed your comments.