A TEN-BED dementia centre to care for people suffering with the disease is set to be built next to an existing care home - if plans are given the green light.

The proposal has been made for Ashingdon Hall residential care home in Church Road, Ashingdon.

If agreed, there will be a development of a ten-bedroom dementia unit in place of an outbuilding beside the grade two listed building.

The design and access statement said: “The proposal does not connect with the main hall building and therefore leaves the historic fabric untouched.

“The proposed new building replaced the dilapidated outbuildings and enhances the setting of the original building.

“The proposal is for a ten-bed dementia unit to allow for the long term care of residents.

“The building is in an area with enclosed garden space.

“The bedrooms are placed to the north of the site to allow for constant daylight and to provide a view over the countryside.

“The proposal has ancillary spaces for staff, as well as communal living and eating areas for the residents.”

The ten bedroom residential unit, at the north of the site will lead to the employment of 24 staff to care for patients.

All ten bedrooms will have ensuite bathrooms and be paired off into groups of domestic areas.

A patio and garden for residents and visitors will also be created with an overhanging shelter.

An area for patients to eat and drink is proposed at the far side of the development, with a living area situated directly next to the dining room inside the home.

There will be 13 car parking spaces provided on the development with storage for three bicycles.

There will also be an additional disabled parking space also.

The statement added: “Rooms are paired under a simple pitched roof and joined to the next pair through a lower range.

“The proposal creates a sheltered south-facing garden which residents can use in warmer months.”

“Doorways are large and all bedrooms and bathrooms have a five foot turning circle to make them easily accessible by the ambulant and those in wheelchairs.

“All bedrooms have their own window which overlooks the openness to the north of the site.

“This allows each occupant a private space to sit.”