TWO landmark dementia care facilities have received planning permission following strong expressions of support from the local community and the combined expertise of an entirely Nottingham based team.
The Church Farm at Rusticus site has received planning permission and Church Farm at Skylarks is awaiting its formal decision notice following the completion of a Section 106 agreement after the team’s successful identification of six “very special circumstances” that fully justify why the schemes must go ahead despite being located within a Green Belt.
Both Skylarks and Rusticus utilise clever architecture such as walkways with curved walls to increase visibility and sliding partitions to allow flexibility of spaces to promote independence, comfort, and quality of life for residents as well as ensuring they remain an active part of the community. In addition to increased bedroom space, the designs include independent living pods for assisted living or carer respite.
Patrick Atkinson, owner of Church Farm Care Ltd, said: “This development of two innovative dementia care schemes in Nottingham is something that the city’s residents should be incredibly proud of and Rushcliffe Borough Council should be applauded for supporting the applications. Furthermore, an entirely Nottingham team, and one that shares my passion for delivering a higher standard of dementia care and facilities for the whole community, delivered this project which I’m equally thrilled about.
“The aim of Church Farm Care is to provide the best possible care, every minute of the day. Having a fantastic environment to live and work is a crucial part of this and reflects our belief that, above all else, people matter. We view those who live and work with us as family and approach our homes as places where people can share their life histories and support each other to live well.”
Becky Smith, dementia design specialist at Leonard Design, added: “The support from the community has been overwhelming and, despite a complex process, we’re thrilled that planning has been granted and Nottingham will be home to two innovative care facilities.
Over 45 detailed supporting letters and e-mails were received by Rushcliffe Borough Council for Church Farm at Skylarks with particular recognition of its hydrotherapy pool. The pool is not only essential for residents, but a valuable facility for schools and community groups with one charity stating that the pool will drastically reduce its current two-hour round trip. The expansion also includes the provision of 32 new bedrooms, five detached assisted living pods, new access routes and landscaping.
The approved developments for Church Farm at Rusticus similarly focus on bringing the community into the centre to prevent residents becoming isolated. The scheme sees the addition of an onsite café that’s open to the public and features a snaking path which doubles as a walkthrough aviary. It is hoped this will encourage the community to visit alongside its onsite salon and cinema.
It is estimated that the number of people with dementia in the UK is forecast to increase to more than one million by 2025 and more than two million by 2051. Currently, the figures equal one in every 14 in the over 65 population.