Huge new Edinburgh care home on busy road to include restaurant, spa and cinema

Plans have been submitted to the council for a new care home and commercial units on a busy Edinburgh road.

In January, Northcare Scotland Ltd submitted a pre-application notice to the council ahead of plans to build a 60-bed care home on the corner of St John's Road and Manse Road in Corstorphine.

Further details of the development and 3D visualisations have since been submitted with council planners now set to evaluate whether or not to recommend consent be awarded for the scheme.

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The spacious plot of land currently lies empty after a building formerly housing Corstorphine Community Centre and Edinburgh Dance Academy was demolished last year.

As well as the spacious care home and five assisted living units, the application draws attention to associated amenity facilities including a cafe, spa and cinema as well as ground floor commercial units, parking and landscaping.

The building will be L-shaped and beds will be arranged over six wings with a maximum of 10 beds which is in full compliance with guidelines outlined by the Care Inspectorate.

The building on St John's Road was recently demolished. -Credit:Google maps

The cafe/brasserie on the ground floor will be owned and operated by Northcare and will also be open to the public. A range of other facilities are also provided within the development including a variety of common spaces boasting a day lounge, dining room, and quiet room, a salon/spa, cinema.

The day lounges and dining rooms benefit from external terraces and the top floor residents lounge is linked with the external sensory garden. The assisted living apartments are "generously sized" and provide ad-hoc additional support when needed.

The assisted living apartments will have a separate access located adjacent to the site access off Manse Road. Ground floor commercial space is provided across three units extending to 238.2sqm. The commercial units will be accessible from St John’s Road and a servicing bay adjacent is being retained within the proposals.

Cycle parking will be provided internally and comprises of 10 spaces. Car parking is proposed in a linear arrangement adjacent to the access road with 10 spaces provided of which two are accessible.

Open space is provided in the form of a sensory garden roof terrace on the Manse Road elevation and a ground level landscaped residents garden.

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A planning statement on behalf of Northcare states: "There is an acute need for care home beds identified and the proposed development seeks to contribute towards meeting this identified need. The proposed development of a 60-bed care home would effectively represent a 25 per cent increase in supply for the Corstorphine / Murrayfield ward.

"NPF4 Policy 16 is clear that development proposals for new homes which address identified gaps in provision, including homes for older people such as care homes, should be supported. The quality of the development which will be provided both in terms of the service but also the facilities will ensure a high quality development fitting for the town centre location.

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"The ground floor commercial units are appropriate in size and will contribute towards the vitality and viability of the town centre. The site will also be accessible for all users, including mobility impaired."

The full application and associated images can be viewed on the council's online planning portal here