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First look at plans for £70m Weymouth care village at QinetiQ site
THIS is the first look at what Weymouth’s former QinetiQ site could be transformed into if the go-ahead is given for a new £70million care home village.
Company New Care Horizons is aiming to turn the site at Bincleaves into a six-acre complex for the over-55s.
It will include shops, a fitness centre, cafe, museum, restaurant and a promenade – with most facilities open to the public.
The purpose-built village would include around 190 apartments, a 68 bedroom specialist care home and a further 18-bedroom dedicated care and respite hotel.
The development would create 250 permanent jobs as well as more jobs in the construction phase.
New Care Horizons says it is keen on using local contractors.
The plans for the care village were first revealed in the Echo in September 2011 and there was a public consultation.
Now the Echo has gained an exclusive glimpse around the current site and can reveal the artist’s impression for its future after a revamp of the scheme.
Directors of New Care Horizons Chris and Martin Ross said they had taken into account people’s views and now the care village will follow the contours of the cliff and not rise above that level.
The project will be funded by a consortium of investors and the company says it has the finance to create three care villages.
Chris said: “We are excited and confident we can deliver what we promise, whether it’s the community side or facilities for the elderly locally or opening up the promenade.
“We know it can work. It takes time to get to the position.”
He added: “We didn’t want to be a hollow promise. We wanted to make sure we were in a position to move.”
They say the idea is to make the village part of the community and integrated into the town.
Chris said they don’t want it to be an exclusive development and wanted the community to be involved. He said they wanted the village to be a thriving, buzzing place and be part of the legacy for Weymouth.
He added: “We love the town. It’s a great town.
“That’s why we feel close to it and what this to be a flagship for what we produce.”
There will now be a second con sultation in the coming weeks so people can see how the plans have changed over time. Then a planning application will be submitted later.
n Look out in the Echo for details of the consultation.
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