buxton jobs get a boost

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EIGHTY new jobs are to be created in Buxton after plans for a specialist care home were unanimously approved.

The move had been welcomed by councillors who said the proposals to redevelop the site of the former Haddon Hall Hotel would “create jobs at a time when they were badly needed” with 72 full-time posts and eight part-time jobs generated.

The new 75-bedroomed three-storey care home will specialise in dementia care, filling a gap in provision not just in Buxton but across the High Peak.

Mike Hughes, agent for the developers and care home operator, said: “It is a fact that the number of people suffering from dementia is rising. There is a shortfall in specialist care facilities and this development will provide much-needed dementia care.

“Eighty jobs will be created – a major boost to the local economy.”

Mr Hughes said: “Should the application be approved today the proposed development will start on site by the end of December.”

Councillor David Lomax, moving approval of the application, said a good consultation had been carried out and the applicants had listened to what people said.

Cllr Bob McKeown said the original building had been imposing and thanked officers and the applicants for the work they had done to ensure a suitable replacement, adding, “It will create jobs at time when they are badly needed and I will second the recommendation.”

Councillor Tim Norton said the developers had succeeded in putting forward a fitting building for the area.

Conservation campaigners, The Buxton Group, gave their unanimous support to the development. In their comments they said: “The whole scheme is well thought out and this substantial building is a suitable replacement for its predecessor.”

The Haddon Hall Hotel had at one time been an imposing landmark building before becoming derelict. The building suffered extensive fire damage in 2010 and was demolished last year.

However Cllr Norton did express concerns over the number of parking spaces with 29 proposed.

“I do have some concerns that at certain times there will be parking problems on site,” he said.

“But I think it is a good design, a good use of the site and something which is needed within the area.”

Two letters of objection were received also expressing concerns that not enough car parking spaces were provided and the potential disturbance to nearby residents – particularly those at Marion Court.

Mr Hughes said: “Parking provision was discussed and agreed with the highway department and the number proposed is more than the required amount by parking standards.

“In terms of potential noise and disturbance we are keen to ensure no harm to the amenity of local residents and are more than happy to see suitable conditions added.”

The application, which includes landscaping works, was approved subject to numerous conditions.