The site of the former Ridgewood Rise care home.

New plans for 74-bedroom care home at former Ridgewood Rise site

New plans have been submitted for a 74-bedroom care home on the site of the former Ridgewood Rise home in Ridgewood, Uckfield.

The proposal is for a two storey/part three-storey building with each bedroom having an en-suite bathroom.

Group living

The ‘group living’ design is based on clusters of 15 residents having access to lounge, dining room and associated ancillary facilities in one to two wings on each floor of the building.

A design and access statement submitted to Wealden District Council with the planning application says the building would be designed to conform to the residential character of the surrounding developments.

Modern

The statement says: “The rebuilding of Ridgewood Rise with a modern, fit for purpose, specialist dementia and nursing home for the elderly forms and integral part of the strategy for the provision of care for the elderly in the Uckfield area.

“It is clearly recognised that there is an increasing dependent elderly population locally, and the proposal to rebuild Ridgewood Rise is in response to that increasing local demand and need, particularly for dementia care and nursing care.

Positive effect

“The site is one which has long-standing local associations with the provision of care for elderly, ans was well-known and respected within the immediate community for this and we feel this local amenity would be a building that would enhance the visual appearance of the site and have a positive effect on the local area.”

Ridgewood Rise was a 1970s council-operated care facility accommodating 39 residents. There was also a 16-place day care centre.

Demolished

The home closed in 2008 and the property was demolished in 2009.

The site extends to 0.94 acres with the main access from Highview Lane. It also has frontage to Castle Rise and the proposal includes a pedestrian staff access from Castle Rise.

Planning permission was granted in December 2009 for a 48-bed residential unit with consulting rooms and refreshment centre but it has now expired.

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