Hatfield nursing home plan could create 75 jobs

17th April 2017

Plans have been submitted for a new 75-bedroom care home on vacant land in the Hatfield Business Park.

Maxbase Ltd, which is based in Ilford, Essex, wants to build a home specialising in nursing care and dementia between Hatfield Avenue and Manor Road, creating 75 jobs.

The home is proposed on a triangular piece of land adjoining a building site, where a private hospital is under construction.

According to a planning application sent to Welwyn Hatfield Council: “They (Maxbase) have a portfolio of existing homes across England and they are committed to providing facilities that continue to push the boundaries of design.”

The three-storey building would be higher than nearby houses, but level or lower than the private hospital.

The application points out that Welwyn Hatfield is projected to have 19.5 per cent of its population over 65 by 2032, up from 15.6 per cent in 2013, leading to “a local need for new specialist care facilities”.

The proposal includes space for 17 parked cars and six bicycles, but consultants claim it will generate minimal extra traffic.

According to the company’s architects: “The proposed development will be additional and complementary with the already established residential use and the proposed nursing/residential home will enhance all aspects of the area, including landscaping, amenity space, and better use of the surrounding open space.”

The site, currently bare ground, will be improved with “sympathetic planting”. but several existing trees will be retained,

The application states; “A care home proposal provides a natural link between commercial and residential properties”, describing the site as “natural infill between the car (Porsche) showroom and the hospital.

The architects conclude: “The redevelopment of this will ensure the enhancement and provision of additional care home facilities that will meet the 21st century needs of all residents.

“There will be a complete reintegrated service for all seniors within this sustainable quality development.”

Most of the land once occupied by a huge aircraft and weapons factory has now been developed , but the nursing home is proposed on one of the few remaining gaps.