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Vision for new residential care home takes step forward

Friday, 23 February 2018

The project to construct a new, state-of-the-art care home for older residents in Douglas has moved a step forward. 

The Department has submitted a planning application for Summerhill View, a proposed 60-bed residential care home and day centre on Victoria Road, on the site of the former Glenside home. 

Subject to planning approval, the new complex will replace the ageing Reayrt ny Baie in Douglas, which has provided high-quality care for many years, but where the building and facilities no longer meet modern standards. 

The Department has revised its original application for Summerhill View after the first submission was refused on the grounds of visibility along Victoria Road from the site, and vehicle access to it.  Architects have remodelled the layout of facilities such as car parking and footpaths, but the issues have been addressed without a redesign to the overall building.  

Minister for Health and Social Care David Ashford MHK said:

‘I am really pleased we have now addressed the concerns raised by the Inspector at the previous planning application appeal - the residents and staff had their hopes and dreams dashed by the previous decision.’ 

He added:

‘Reayrt ny Baie has served the community well, but the building and its facilities are dated. We want to make Summerhill View as much like people’s homes as possible. The residents and staff have been involved with the design and surroundings and look forward to making this their new home in the not too distant future.’   

The application is available to view on the Government’s planning website

In line with standard practice, the Planning Directorate invites views from the local authority and Highways Services at the Department of Infrastructure, while members of the public are welcome to submit comments. 

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