Care UK and Bruntwood, advised by Indigo Planning, have been given the go-ahead to deliver a new 44,563 square feet care home within the former walled garden of the Grade II listed Abney Hall, Cheadle.
For Care UK, this will represent their premier facility in the north west, designed to accommodate a range of resident needs including dementia care.
The care home will comprise 80 bedrooms and communal dining and socialising areas including restaurant, bar, hairdressers, spa and library, landscaped gardens and private patios.
The new development will replace the existing 1980s red brick Abney Court with a more sympathetically designed building set back from the listed wall. The design will help to reduce the impact on the openness of the green belt and will secure refurbishment to the listed wall.
The proposal will create about 80 new jobs and bring a vacant site back into productive use.
Planning approval follows long standing discussions between the Council and Bruntwood (the owner of a long term lease), who collectively have been seeking to secure a viable long term future for Abney Hall, which has been vacant for over three years.
Charlotte Blinkhorn, senior planner at Indigo Planning, said: “This development will help address a recognised and growing need for dementia care, as well as helping ensure the future of a Grade II listed building in the green belt.”
As part of the development, Bruntwood will refurbish the hall and deliver a new business centre. Plans have been approved for upgrades to the existing public car park and footpath links within the park. Work will begin in the summer.