Plan submitted for care home

PLANS for a 66 bedroom care home on the site of a former pub have been submitted to Erewash Borough Council.

The two- and three-storey building will stand on the site of the former Bridge Inn, on Awsworth Road.

Eastgate Care, the Nottingham-based firm behind the plan, told the Advertiser that if the development is approved, it will create 75 jobs.

James Day, managing director and Eastgate owner, said: “The idea is to build an attractive building for both the residents and adjacent properties.”

The development will take up the whole Bridge Inn site including the old pub’s car park and will overlook the Erewash Canal.

An application to demolish the property was submitted to the council before Christmas.

It is not yet known when work will begin but residents have welcomed the care home plan in principal as other developers had shown an interest in bulldozing the pub and building flats in its place.

John Ward, who lives near to the site, said: “I haven’t seen the plans yet but I will have a look and see if there are any grounds for objection.

“As it is, the building is just standing there derelict.

“Retaining it as a pub is a non-starter these days so the prospect of that happening seems unlikely. As far as I can see a care home will be as good a use as any for the site.

“Especially if it brings it into use again and creates jobs for the town.”

The site hit the headlines when nearby residents reacted angrily to the idea that neighbouring green space at Springfield Gardens could be put up for sale by Erewash Borough Council to be developed as housing.

Residents were also unhappy in October last year when trees on the plot were cut down without them being informed.

To view the plans visit www.erewash.gov.uk.