Squalid Surrey care home set to be given second life by Fairlie Healthcare

Merok Park in Banstead, Surrey, which made headlines in 2014 when the CQC branded it Inadequate in a scathing inspection report, could be demolished and rebuilt by Fairlie Healthcare.

Fairlie which runs two nursing homes in the nearby South London suburbs of Purley and West Norwood, has submitted plans to Reigate and Banstead Borough Council to redevelop the site and build a new home with the new name of Woodstown House.

The CQC inspector of Merok Park in 2014 “found mould on walls, broken taps, stained carpets and only cold or tepid water coming from the taps in some people’s rooms. Furniture in people’s rooms was old and falling apart and people did not have suitable curtains at their windows. The smell of urine was overpowering in the home”.

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It was shut down the same year, with 27 residents moved out, and has subsequently been taken over by squatters, according to the planning submission lodged on behalf of Farlie.

The application continues: “It is clear that reusing the building for care purposes is not an economically viable option and that the best option would be to redevelop the site with a purpose-built nursing home which complies with modern standards.”

An architect’s study attached to the plan proposes to demolish and rebuild a home that will have 40 bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, associated communal areas, support areas and circulation spaces distributed across all floors.

The council is expected to rule on proposed plans later this year.

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