A CARE home has submitted a planning application for a three-storey development.

Good Companions Care Home based at Silloth submitted the application to Allerdale Council on December, 18, 2019.

The plan for the extension, proposed on the application, is to demolish the rear wing and construct a new three-storey extension, housing bedrooms, kitchen, a lift and stairs.

A statement submitted to Allerdale justifying the application reads: “Planning permission for the proposed extension to the home is being applied for to secure the position of the Good Companions in providing the highest quality of care.

“It is needed for us to be able to continue to serve the local community and to ensure the continuing full employment of our 36 care staff. “

If successful the new development will allow the care home to employ a further 10 to 12 staff brining the total to nearly 50.

Mark Newby, director of Good Companions, explained: “It’s a reconfiguration of the existing space.

“It will add about nine rooms in total.

“It allows Good Companions to have complete up-to-date facilities with ensuite rooms, showers and a new passenger lift.

“The home is in two parts and this development is around the existing building.”

Recent extensions and remodelling work has allowed the home to create a dedicated dementia unit with secure gardens for residents to enjoy.

The extension on this planning application will be phase two.

“It’s all about the customers,” added Mr Newby.

“We have done it all sympathetically.”

“Creation of the new facilities will secure the long term security for our customers and our great staff.”

James Moultrie, assistant development management officer for Highways England confirmed they have no objections to the proposals.

He said: “It is considered that the proposal will be unlikely to have a material effect on existing highway conditions. I can therefore confirm that the

Highway Authority has no objection to the proposal.”