Plans for 'landmark' £25million Ipswich care village approved

Mac Khan stood in front of Westerfield Residential Care Home

Mac Khan will be expanding the site to upgrade both capacity and facilities - Credit: Mac Khan

Plans for a £25million care village in Ipswich have been approved by Ipswich Borough Council. 

Mac Khan, owner of Westerfield Residential Care Home on Humber Doucy Lane, will be expanding the site to upgrade both capacity and facilities. 

Plans will see up to 147 assisted living/extra care units based around the central community hub, which will boast facilities such as a swimming pool, gym, hair salon, restaurant and cinema.

Plans for what the care village will look like.

Plans for what the care village will look like - Credit: KLH Architects

Speaking after borough councillors made their decision, Mr Khan said: "I am so excited. 

"This is a landmark for Ipswich. The town should be very proud of having something like this.

"It's a unique concept that has never been done before in the area."

Living quarters will be a mixture of standard flats and larger flats, but will all be one-bedroom two-person apartments.

Each unit will be linked by pathways through landscaped gardens and include physiotherapy, staff bedsits and offices. 

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"We've broken the news to our builders," said Mr Khan. 

"An exact date for completion is difficult to finalise as it is such a large project. 

"But work will begin as soon as possible."

Westerfield House is a Grade II listed building and currently provides assistance to those needing extensive care. 

New plans will include accommodation for people requiring minimal care, with development facilitating the continued care on the overall site while also offering care village residents the option of moving into the existing nursing home as required.

Artist's impression of what the community hub will look like

The central community hub would boast facilities such as a swimming pool, gym, hair salon, restaurant and cinema - Credit: KLH Architects

Mr Khan believes this would facilitate permanent residence on the site, while also enabling a strong community to be forged. 

Cllr Carole Jones, Ipswich Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: “I am pleased to welcome this facility to Ipswich. It is thoughtfully designed in every respect – the buildings themselves, the landscaping and gardens, and the wide range of facilities for residents will help residents lead fulfilled lives.

Other colleagues on the committee said that this was one of the best applications they have seen as well as the flats opening onto shared corridors, with kitchen windows facing one another, will make residents feel part of a community.”