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Former children's home to become specialised dementia care centre

The redundant Redsands Children's Centre is to become a specialised 71-bedroom dementia care village, following the granting of planning approval.

The buildings, in Willaston, will now have a new lease of life as a specialised centre of excellence in dementia care, with landscaped gardens and residential units. Cheshire East Council's wholly-owned strategic property company, Engine of the North, will finalise the sale of the council asset to Richmond Care Villages in order that the scheme can go ahead. It is proposed that existing buildings are demolished and replaced with a new care home facility, including car parking, a secure garden area and additional landscaped areas.

The new facility will create 80 jobs and operate as a satellite campus to Richmond's existing care village in Nantwich. Richmond Village Nantwich Manager Lynne Griffin said: "I am absolutely delighted that we can now look forward to establishing this specialist dementia care facility in Willaston as part of the range of care and support we can offer. This new site is an exciting addition to our current facilities and will provide the very best in dementia care following extensive research and consultation."

Under the plans, Cheshire East will keep ownership of the land to the east of the former centre, which includes a pond and football pitch. The public footpath, which runs along the eastern boundary of the site, will be retained.

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