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Two sites suggested for new elderly care home in St Ives and Carbis Bay

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 23, 2013

Two sites suggested for new elderly care home in St Ives and Carbis Bay
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PLANS for a new care home and sheltered housing facilities for St Ives are now focused on two sites in Carbis Bay, developers Cornwall Care has revealed.

Both sites are on land currently not in use on the edges of the town's settled areas.

The company will apply to build on both after they received help from St Ives Town Council and Cornwall Council planners in selecting the sites.

Cornwall Care's original plan to build on Steeple Fields was rejected last year after strong public opposition.

The firm decided not to appeal after discussions with town councillors.

It then called on the people of St Ives to suggest sites through The Cornishman.

Now the not-for-profit elderly care providers say after detailed discussions with landowners it is looking at two potential sites.

Cornwall Care runs 17 care homes and community services for more than 1,700 elderly people in Cornwall.

Its two existing care homes in Carbis Bay – Headlands and Trewartha – were both built more than 40 years ago and have to be replaced.

The plan for Steeple Fields was to build a specialised elderly care complex that includes a 72-bed home plus housing where elderly residents live independently but with specialist support on hand.

But Cornwall Care chief executive Douglas Webb said neither of the new sites was as big as they'd like so one would be earmarked for the 72-bed home and some "extra care" housing, and the other for a mini-complex of "extra care" housing.

The two locations are:

An expanse of trees and shrubs, grass and gorse, at the base of Steeple Hill (home to the iconic Knill's Monument) on residential Menhyr Drive off Count House Lane, not far from the back of Tesco.

Another unused area of greenspace behind the relatively recently built homes on Teyla Tor off Polmennor Drive in Carbis Bay, just north of where it meets Laity Lane.

St Ives Mayor Colin Nicholls said: "These sites have been nominated following a very thorough process and while we appreciate that in a high density area like this it is difficult to find sites on which everyone will be agreed, our remit is to provide the very highest quality of care to the older people of the town that can meet their changing needs."

Mr Webb said: "We've spent a lot of time looking at different sites and these two have been judged by the working party as the most suitable. Our mission is to ensure that older people in St Ives have access to the very best services."

Planning applications are expected to be submitted in mid-2014.

If approved, residents at Trewartha and Headlands homes, which have 68 beds combined, would transfer to the new home.

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