A NEW care home offering residential and dementia care and creating dozens of jobs could be built on a mixed use development in County Durham.

Arlington Real Estate has reached agreement with LNT Care Developments to build a care home at DurhamGate, on the outskirts of Spennymoor.

A planning application has been submitted to Durham County Council for the 66-bed development, which will provide general residential as well as dementia care and create 58 new jobs.

And details of further housing, retail and commercial plans for the site are expected to be revealed soon.

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A spokesperson for the developer said the prominent care home building, located on the main boulevard entrance to DurhamGate, would feature en-suite wet room accommodation with extensive communal and recreational space for residents, including generous landscaped gardens.

The proposal is for a three storey building, with car parking and landscaping, which would be accessed from the existing road DurhamGate to the south with a new bell mouth.

Arlington have worked in partnership with UK care home developer LNT, which has properties across all regions, on the plan which is part of the latest phase of Arlington Real Estate’s masterplan for DurhamGate.

Already incorporating more than 300 homes, the Fox Cub pub and restaurant as well as headquarter offices for housing provider Livin and national training provider Learning Curve, further plans will be unveiled soon to expand the mix of housing, retail and commercial opportunities available at DurhamGate.

Consultation on the care home proposal runs until November 2 and a decision is expected in early January.

If planning permission is granted, construction of the care home is expected to begin in early 2022 with residents being welcomed before the end of the year.

Dean Cook, managing director of Arlington Real Estate, said: “This high quality, purpose-built care home will further enhance the community at DurhamGate by providing much needed care accommodation in a very attractive setting.

“We’re delighted to be working with LNT Care Developments on this project.

"They are a major force in the care industry, and we’re delighted that they have chosen DurhamGate as a location to invest.

"I am really looking forward to welcoming them to the wider development."

Keeley Sharp from LNT Care Developments, said: “DurhamGate with its strong sense of community, excellent transport links and extensive public realm is the ideal location for us to develop a Residential Care Home, providing first class living environment for our residents and vast local employment opportunity.

“Working in harmony with the aesthetical presence at DurhamGate we have developed plans to deliver an attractive building which will provide the highest standards of care in a contemporary and stylish setting operated by experienced and caring staff.”

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