Care home upgrade set to get go-ahead

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Ambitious plans to modernise a Little Waldingfield care home look set to be approved, despite concerns about the disruption the work would cause.

The owners of Brookwood Manor in Holbrook Hall Park have put forward proposals for two-storey and single-storey extensions.

Qualitas Healthcare, which took over the care home in 2011 after it went into administration, is looking to increase the number of bedrooms from 24 to 43.

It also wants to upgrade the kitchen and dining facilities within the Victorian building, which was converted into a care home in the late 1980s, as well as the existing lift.

Frank Lawrenson, a district councillor for Little Waldingfield, said he believed the extension was necessary.

“There is an increased need for care homes and that need is only going to grow, so more space would be a good thing,” he said.

Four residents have written to the council voicing misgivings about the impact of construction traffic, and worries over access along Lavenham Road, particularly for emergency vehicles.

Mr Lawrenson said he understood villagers’ concerns about the plans, which include creating a new 24-space car park.

“As long as the development is sympathetic and disruption is kept to a minimum, it should be good for everyone,” he said.

The district council’s development committee will rule on the plans, recommended for approval, on Wednesday.