STRUCTURE: A new private sector care facility has been planned for an area in West Kent.  

Specialist care village operator, English Villages, is submitting a planning application for a care village comprising a 36-bed care home and 99 close care and assisted-living apartments together with communal facilities at Ledian Farm, Leeds Village outside Maidstone.

Building work is expected to begin in 2013 and that it will open in 2015.

The community facility will provide a wide range of “day care” options for older people. These include a shop, restaurant, café, library and craft room, as well as a meeting room where local clubs and societies can meet. 

There will be a wellness centre is for relaxation, physio and rehab, with a treatment room for GPs. 

Keith Cockell, chair and managing director, said: “There are 495,000 people living within a 20 minute drive time of the site; 16,000 of them are over the age of 80 and this will more than double to over 32,000 between now and 2030.

“The village represents a multi-million pound investment in services and facilities for older people and those in need of care living in the area. Over 100 jobs will be created for local people with full training and support to complement the high quality facilities.”

English Villages will be holding a public exhibition and consultation in Leeds Village Hall on 5 October.

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