Residents angry over Woolton plans

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Major plans to build a new care village in Woolton have left residents fearing for the future of the small village.

The site, on Beaconsfield Road, will be built on the grounds of former children’s home St Gabriel’s and will house a 60-bed care home plus 49 extra care apartments.

Plans revealed that the Religious Order of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God are behind the idea to adapt the grounds that will provide homes to people aged 55 and over as well as people that suffer with dementia.

The site will offer its residents a restaurant, hairdressers and swimming pool. There are concerns about the extra traffic the care village will bring as well as the loss of green space and wildlife.

One resident who did not wish to be named told JMU Journalism: “I am not happy with the plans because if they go ahead I think that Woolton village will completely change. It might bring more traffic to the area and make life harder for residents such as myself to get around.

“I’m sure there are plenty of other places where this care village could go, they do not need to ruin our little village.”

The Georgian Group are amongst the objectors on the basis that the Grade II listed building would have its’ character damaged if the extension was to be approved.

A report will go before the council’s planning committee on Tuesday and the future of the care home will be decided.

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