SCAPE Homes has submitted its planning application for a 59-bed care home with associated infrastructure, car parking and landscaping at the former gasworks at Cowgate.
Many locals will already be familiar with the proposals, which were made public in a recent pre-application consultation.
It should be noted representations must now be made to the planning service, in the usual manner, to be taken into consideration.
If the proposals are approved, then the home would be operated by Care Concern Holdings Ltd, who run 44 such facilities in the UK. The applicant’s design and access statement cites a shortfall of such acccommodation in the catchment area.
The proposed care home would be built over three and four floors, with the top floor being a social area, with amenities such as a cafe, a salon/spa, and roof terrace to the south-east. This space would overlook the harbour and beyond, and would be accessible to the wider public.
If given the go-ahead, it is hoped the works could start in the first quarter of 2021, with the care home becoming operational in late spring 2022, creating 35 jobs – in professional and caring roles along with administrative staff, maintenance and catering.
The site, which is within a conservation area, was the former town gas works, dating back to the 1860s. This brings concerns for contamination – the preliminary risk assessment notes a likely high risk of free cyanide and recommends a generic quantative risk assessment.
Full details of the application and the facility to comment are available online. For local history buffs, the risk assessment document ends with an excellent series of historical maps of Stonehaven and of the harbour area.