Dementia centre on ‘green wedge’ can create 150 jobs

WREXHAM: A care firm says its £15m plans for a dementia centre and to redevelop a second site will create 150 jobs.

Pendine Park want to build the dementia centre at their site on Summerhill Road in Wrexham – developing a ‘green wedge’ patch of land.

In parallel they are aiming to redevelop their Hillbury care home across town in Hightown.

Owner Mario Kreft – who founded Pendine Park with wife Gill in 1985 – said it will meet a growing need for dementia care and also provide an economic boost.

He said it would be based on the dementia centre at Bryn Seiont Newydd home in Caernarfon.

An outline planning application has been submitted to Wrexham County Borough Council in relation to the Summerhill Road site.

The new home would provide accommodation for up to 50 residents and would include treatment rooms, lounges, kitchens, washing and storage facilities.

The site is currently designated as Green Wedge land in the council’s Local Development Plan but Pendine Park maintain it is should be seen as part of their operational business and not open countryside.

Mr Kreft said: “We have to make Pendine sustainable in the long term, and that requires that we continue to develop our services for which there is a very significant community demand.

“If we were to be successful in that we would wish to move forward very quickly with detailed plans and we would hope that by the end of 2020 we would be able to create significant extra capacity in Wrexham and probably a further 150 jobs while at the same time sustaining the 800 jobs we currently have between Wrexham and Caernarfon.

He added: “At the Summerhill Road site we want to build a new centre of excellence along the lines that we have created in Caernarfon where we have created over 200 jobs and increased the dementia services in North West Wales.

“This would allow us some extra capacity to start to sympathetically and sensitively develop some of our existing older stock which we believe is desperately needed because it’s not going to be sustainable in the long term.

“The openness and character of the countryside will be maintained and integrated into future development on site through regular planning controls other than a Green Wedge policy, and sensitive development at Pendine Park cannot and will not jeopardise the core purpose of the Green Wedge policy.”