Glasgow operator hopes to fund new residence by selling garden of original home

The owners of Abbotsford House Care Home in the Glasgow suburb of Bearsden, could be in for a £1 million windfall if planning permission to build apartments in the nursing home’s grounds are approved.

Westpoint Homes has applied for planning for a development of 14 apartments on land that the owner of Abbotsford House bought from East Dunbartonshire Council in 2011 for £82,000.

The owner,  Morrison Community Care Group, had initially planned to create a substantial sensory garden on the plot, but found it was unsuitable.

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If the planning permission is approved, some of the profit from the land sale will go to the council. The remainder could be used to finance an additional care home in the area.

Paul Sokhi, managing director of Morrison Community Care Group, told local newspaper the Kirkintilloch Herald: “Our hope now is that the planning application will be granted, and the group can use the funds from the land purchase to pay the council the overage payment and to develop a 45 bedroom care home in the local area this year, with the hope of an opening in May 2017, bringing much needed care beds as well as jobs to the local area.”

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