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Proposal to build 64-bedroom care home on edge of Haverhill needs NHS funding contribution ‘if it goes ahead’





A health organisation has said that a proposed new care home on the edge of Haverhill should only go ahead if the applicant contributes money towards healthcare provision in the area.

Last August, Country Court Care Homes 5 Limited applied to West Suffolk Council for permission to demolish the derelict Woodland Hotel buildings in Coupals Road and build a 64-bedroom care home.

The hotel and Indian restaurant closed six years ago this month and the 1.36 hectares site has remained unused and fallen into disrepair.

The proposal submitted is to demolish the former Woodlands Hotel and restaurant on the edge of Haverhill and build a 64-bedroom care home on the land. Picture: Steve Barton
The proposal submitted is to demolish the former Woodlands Hotel and restaurant on the edge of Haverhill and build a 64-bedroom care home on the land. Picture: Steve Barton

Now, in a letter to the council, the Suffolk and North Essex Integrated Care Board (ICB) has requested that the developer contribute £16,000 to local healthcare services as part of a section 106 agreement.

These agreements are made between planning authorities and developers to contribute towards the infrastructure in the area, such as for education, health and roads.

The ICB’s letter says: “The proposed development is likely to have an impact on the services of two main GP practices within the vicinity of the application site.

“The GP practices do not have capacity for the additional growth resulting from this development.

“Suffolk and North Essex ICB acknowledge that the planning application does include a Health Impact Assessment (HIA), however this does not appear to recognise that a capital contribution may be required to mitigate the primary healthcare impacts arising from the proposed development.

“The development would have an impact on the primary healthcare provision in the area and its implications, if unmitigated, would be unsustainable.”