Plan to build luxury 73-bed care home with its own spa

Colten Care is seeking consent to build a 73-bed care home near Bursledon Windmill <i>(Image: WLA WilliamLester)</i>
Colten Care is seeking consent to build a 73-bed care home near Bursledon Windmill (Image: WLA WilliamLester)

Colten Care has submitted plans to transform land near a Hampshire heritage attraction by building a luxury 73-bed facility with its own spa.

The company is promising to preserve views of the Grade II-listed Bursledon Windmill, which is currently closed to the public after being hit by funding cuts.

Colten is seeking consent to create a "care community" on a 1.1 hectare site at Providence Hill in Bursledon.

The multi-million-pound scheme comprises a four-storey care home and five "close care" cottages in the grounds.

Daily Echo: The Colten Care scheme includes five age-restricted cottages
Daily Echo: The Colten Care scheme includes five age-restricted cottages

The Colten Care scheme includes five age-restricted cottages (Image: WLA WilliamLester)

The site is a previously undeveloped piece of land last used as a garden and allotment by the former owners of a neighbouring house.

A planning statement that accompanies the application says: "The care home has been designed to make the best use of the site to deliver functional and high quality specialist housing for older people whilst also making an  appropriate and positive contribution to the local townscape.

"Cues have been taken from local architectural styles including historic rural agricultural and industrial buildings."

A design and access statement adds: "The proposal is for a 73-bed care home over four floors, with the top floor set within the roof space and the lowest floor sunk into the ground on the south side.

"There will also be five one-and-a-half storey cottages, each with its own entrance and private garden.

"The key view to the listed Bursledon Windmill, and principles for the setting of the view, have been agreed with the local authority.

"The central part of the site has been treated sensitively to ensure the view to the windmill remains green and well planted and not dominated by infrastructure."

Daily Echo: The Colten Care scheme includes five age-restricted cottages
Daily Echo: The Colten Care scheme includes five age-restricted cottages

The Colten Care scheme includes five age-restricted cottages (Image: WLA WilliamLester)

Describing the design of the proposed home the statement says: "The entrance leads into a central atrium opening up to the roof which, in turn, brings natural light down to the reception.

"The atrium acts as a hub for the home, offering residents direct access to communal facilities such as a large dining room, bistro, lounge area, hairdresser, and spa.

"There is a large area of outdoor amenity space on every level of the home in the form of sunken gardens, patios, landscaped grounds, and roof terraces.

"Each cottage has an independent front door accessed via a pedestrian path. The ground floor has a large open plan kitchen/dining/lounge space opening out on to the garden, and a smaller room offering flexible living options."

The application will be decided by Eastleigh Borough Council.