PLANS for a new St Peter residential home with specialist care in dementia and excessive alcohol-related memory loss have been approved.
Barchester Healthcare Ltd, based in London, had their application to build a new care home next to Lakeside Residential Home, near the Airport at Rue de la Commune, approved by Environment Minister Freddie Cohen on Friday. The current care home will remain and the new facility will be built in the car park and on rural land nearby. It is a partnership between the renowned architect Robert Adam and local architectural technician Rob Williams, of J S Livingston Architectural Services.
At the ministerial meeting there were no verbal objections but one letter of objection was received from the National Trust. They wrote: ‘The National Trust for Jersey objects strongly to this pseudo-Georgian design which has no reference to either local architecture or local materials. In this respect, reference should be made to our General Hospital, St Saviour’s Hospital and other similar properties in the Island. The proposed design would require a setting in parkland, and for that reason the site is an unsuitable area, as there is no parkland available because of its situation close to a very busy main road.’
Senator Cohen has approved the scheme without hesitation. ‘I had a secret ambition to deliver a Robert Adam scheme in Jersey and we are finally there,’ he said. ‘It is a huge improvement on the existing consent for an 80-bedroom hotel.’
• Picture: An architect’s impression of the new care home.