Berwick care home redevelopment hits major funding snag

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Plans for a major redevelopment of Seton Hall Care Home in Tweedmouth have received a major blow.

Berwickshire Housing Association (BHA) is seeking planning permission for a new three-storey, 60 place care home on the site.

However, the plan has failed to receive the support of Northumberland County Council and BHA now admit they will find it difficult to access the funds.

Jean Gray, customer services director at BHA, said: “Northumberland County Council’s (NCC) block booking for Seton Hall Residential and Day Care Services ended on May 10. Despite this, Seton Hall’s residential places remain full and we are confident that we can keep it this way.

“BHA’s future plan for the site was to build a new residential care home and we are awaiting planning permission from the local authority for this.

“However, in the interim, NCC has advised us that they do not support this plan as in their view, there is no requirement for a new residential care home in the Berwick area. They believe that the need is for a new care at home facility to be built but the financing of this type of development is very different to financing a residential care home development.

“Without the support of NCC in procuring residential places in a new residential care home, it is very unlikely that BHA would be able to access the funding that it would need to build this.”

Councillor Susan Dungworth, the council’s policy board member for adult care and public health, said: “It has always been the intention that Seton Hall would in time have the same contractual relationship with the council as all other care homes for older people.”

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