Homes for special needs adults on old hospital site?

Essex County Standard: Homes for special needs adults on old hospital site? Homes for special needs adults on old hospital site?

NEW plans have been unveiled to transform an eyesore site and build a three storey supported living complex with a separate unit for adults with learning disabilities.

The former Harwich Hospital site, in Main Road, Dovercourt, has been empty since demolition in 2006, when the new Fryatt Hospital opened.

Previous proposals for development have included an 80-bed care home in 2010 and then a 76- bed care home with a standalone 13-bed learning disability home.

The second plans were passed in 2011, but the 13-bed unit building was scrapped because of lack of funding and plans were resubmitted in May, this time featuring eight family homes instead. However, after complaints, as the site is reserved for care use, the plans fell flat.

Now, an application has been made to Tendring Council’s planning department for 48 single- bedroom and 12 two-bedroom extra care apartments. A separate two-storey building would provide 12 learning disability apartments.

Jo Henderson, Harwich town and Tendring councillor, welcomed the plans.

She said: “It would just be nice to see something done. I would prefer this to those houses.

The sooner something can come off the better. It’s awful, it’s such a state.”

The plans would see flats with private balconies and a central secluded courtyard garden for shared use.

The scheme provides a central “social hub’’, with views over the courtyard and parking for mobility scooters.

Agent Ashley House PLC, acting on behalf of Clacton Family Trust, was unavailable for comment.

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