Posted: Thu 29th Jun 2023

Pontypool care home storeroom to be turned into bedroom

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Jun 29th, 2023

A care home has been given permission to turn a storeroom into a bedroom for a new resident. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Sunnybank Nursing Home, in Griffithstown, Pontypool said using the storeroom as a living quarters would boost its current bed capacity, from 24, to 25. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Torfaen Borough Council’s planning department gave the go-ahead and said there were no objections from its environmental health department. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Planning officer Tom Braithwaite, said in a report: “The proposal would result in the nursing home’s care capacity increasing which would provide an additional space for an elderly resident in need of care. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The additional bedroom does not raise any unacceptable impact upon public and residential amenity given the site’s existing use as a nursing home, and an increase in capacity of one person does not represent a significant intensification of the use detrimental to the area.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

His report said though the highways department hadn’t commented it was unlikely the additional bedroom would result in any increased demand for parking. Mr Braithwaite wrote: “Given the unlikelihood of the additional nursing home resident being in a position to own a vehicle, the parking provision as existing is considered sufficient.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The home’s application said the conversion is due to a “drastic increase” in demand for its beds with the home specialising in care for those with dementia. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

It says its existing 24 units are single rooms with their own en-suite showers and various memory aids such as memory boxes outside the door, and are also able to receive the internet and have nurse call buttons. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

It said the design of the storeroom “lends itself well” to the change of use which can be achieved with “minimal building work”. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

By BBC LDRS ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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