Former bus depot could be replaced with care home

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Plans have been submitted to demolish the former Homefield bus depot in Salisbury Street, Douglas, and redevelop the site into a care home with nursing for the elderly.

David Wormald, of Salisbury Care Limited, has applied (14/00876/B) for the 68-bed development.

In the development statement by AP Architecture Limited it says: ‘The proposal is to create a homely, safe and comfortable environment with state of the art equipment and facilities, to exceed current regulatory standards and that which families have now come to expect from homes providing long term care for loved ones.

‘Another key aim is to provide access and enjoyment to a safe and secure garden area for those with both limited mobility, through the creation of raised sensory beds and a water feature, with wheelchair accessible gardens and raised flower beds, as appropriate.’

The bedrooms would have adequate space for wheelchair uses and wet room en-suites, as well as direct access to patio areas.

The site has a number of access points along Salisbury Street, which would be replaced with a single access for both parking and deliveries. The parking area would have 26 spaces.

The then Department of Transport and Leisure’s lease on Homefield expired in 2009. A number of vehicles, including five vintage buses, were then moved to the Jurby Transport Museum, which opened to visitors later that year.

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