Plans for bus depot site submitted

An artist's impression of the proposed Beech Tree House care home.
An artist's impression of the proposed Beech Tree House care home.
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Plans to put the site of Alnwick’s former bus depot back into use by constructing a residential care home have been submitted to the county council.

As reported in the Gazette in March, the scheme, to be called Beech Tree House, would accommodate general nursing, elderly mentally infirm (both residential and nursing) and young physically-disabled occupants in a three-storey building with 88 bedrooms as well as associated dining, leisure, treatment, administration and support facilities.

Prior to submitting the application, design consultants Space Group say that they carried out ‘a structured and full community consultation exercise’, which included an exhibition in Alnwick Library.

In documents accompanying the application, it states that not a single person objected to the development of the site for a care home and that most were in favour of the proposals.

Three main areas of concern, which have been dealt with for the application, were parking, use of materials in keeping with Alnwick’s architecture and the extent of the outdoor space.