Parklands plans first foray into Aberdeenshire new care home applications

Parklands plans first foray into Aberdeenshire new care home applications

Plans for the Turiff facility

A care provider is planning a multi-million-pound expansion into Aberdeenshire with new care homes earmarked for Turriff and Alford.

Parklands Care Homes, which has its headquarters in Grantown, has submitted an application for planning permission in principle for a 40-bed care home and later life living village in Turriff, comprising 11 bungalows, and a new access road on a vacant site on Banff Road.

Plans for a similar development on School Road, Alford, have also been submitted. As well as a 40-bed care home, 17 later life living bungalows would be built on the site, which would be served by a new access road.

Parklands currently operates 10 homes in Moray and the Highlands, with the first phase of a new care hub in Inverness – comprising a 58-bed care home, later life living bungalows and affordable homes for key workers – currently under construction. Parklands has also recently announced plans for a 40-bed care home in Elgin.

Parklands plans first foray into Aberdeenshire new care home applications

View of the Alford proposal

The later life living model is relatively new and is intended to act as a bridge between independent living and the traditional care home model, with residents enjoying access to shared services and social activities within the adjacent care home, while leading otherwise independent lives.

The new care homes are expected to create dozens of jobs for the area and boost the local supply chain.

Both homes would comply with the Care Inspectorate’s new 2022 Design Guidelines. These new guidelines significantly raise the bar in a number of areas, including the quality of accommodation for residents, standards for infection control and adaptability of accommodation in the event of future lockdowns.

Ron Taylor, managing director of Parklands Care Homes, said: “As a company with deep roots in Moray and the Highlands, we are excited about making our first foray into Aberdeen-Shire. We believe there is a growing demand for high quality person-centred care in the region and we hope that our investment will not only create more jobs, but also help provide additional care capacity in Turriff and Alford.”

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