PLANS to demolish a pub and build a 70-bed care home in Grappenhall have been submitted.

Care home developer New Care Ltd’s plans to redevelop the site home to the Springbrook, off Stockport Road, were revealed earlier this month.

It has now submitted a planning application to Warrington Borough Council, which proposes the demolition of the public house and construction of a three-storey building with car parking.

The design and access statement says the state-of-the-art care home will provide an efficient use of the land and a much-needed facility for the area.

It adds: “A common misconception in providing a new care home is that this will create added pressure on local health services.

“In our experience we find this to be the opposite in many cases.

“Providing additional care bedrooms for the area can free up hospital beds, preventing bed blocking where suitable accommodation isn’t as readily available.

“The care home will employ registered nurses who will be able to deal with many of the minor ailments that the elderly population often suffer with but would otherwise go to the GP about.

“GPs will be contracted to conduct ‘ward rounds’ where they are able to treat a number of residents in the protection of the care home instead of them sitting in GP waiting rooms.

“This is even more prevalent given the current pandemic and the need to minimise exposure of the elderly, vulnerable population.”

Earlier this month, New Care confirmed the site is planned for completion in December 2022.

In addition to jobs created through the construction process, the proposed home would provide around 80 to 100 jobs.

A total of 30 car parking spaces have been proposed, including three disabled bays and an ambulance/drop-off bay.

Staff will work on a shift basis with care staff working 8am to 2pm, 2pm to 8pm and 8am to 8pm.