Firm makes second punt at securing site for new care home

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Parklands Group is making a second bid for planning permission for a residential home on a ‘controversial’ site in Scotland, after initial plans were rejected.

The care firm wants to erect a 40-bed residential home caring for the elderly in Fortrose but some local residents have opposed the plans.

Fortrose residents are to be consulted next month on a new plan for the care home, which has been redesigned, but hopes to be on the same site.

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Parklands revealed its amended plans for its proposed Fortrose home when it announced it had started on a £1 million project to upgrade two of its other existing Scottish homes.

Both 34-bed homes were opened in 2014 and are to expand in response to rising demand. Each care home will undergo improvements, including a single-storey extension made up of six bedrooms, a dining and living room.

Parklands managing director Ron Taylor told the Ross-shire Journal: “After a prolonged search for alternative sites, it is clear the Ness Road site remains the only practical and affordable option.”

“The intention is therefore to submit a fresh application with a completely new design, repositioned on the existing site.

“There remains very strong interest in this proposal from prospective residents and employees and groups representing the care sector and the interests of older people.”

Parklands has seven care homes, all in Scotland, and cares for 250 residents across its services.

Image: Nethera home, Parklands Group

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