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Former Baffito’s restaurant at Preston Docks care home plans approved

Posted on - 20th January, 2021 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Business, Central Lancashire Development Plan, Food & Drink, Housing, Preston Council, Preston Docks, Preston News, Redevelopment, Restaurants in Preston, Riversway
Baffito's front Pic: Tony Worrall
Baffito’s closed in October last year Pic: Tony Worrall

Plans have been approved for the former Baffito’s restaurant to become a care home.

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However, it has been approved as long as it meets conditions such as: a time limit of three years, electric vehicle charging points and no part of the development shall be occupied until the approved access is completed.

The list of the conditions includes 19 separate points.

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The plans include 64 bedrooms as well as a three-storey building with 16 supported living apartments for adults with learning difficulties.

Care staff would be available 24 hours a day.

The home is specially designed for residents with dementia and will have a wellness suite and lounge, quiet rooms, cafes, a hairdressers, a shop and reception area.

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It would be accessed from Navigation Way and a new access would serve a car park of 22 spaces and 4 accessible spaces.

There would also be service accommodation for laundry, stores and the kitchen, staff changing rooms and showers, a manager’s office, general office and nursing stations.

The external areas would also provide a delivery and servicing area, bin store, minibus parking bay, cycle store and covered walkway between the two buildings.

There would be south-facing patios, balconies and gardens for the residents.

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The building would be step free and accommodate two lifts.

The mature trees around the perimeter of the site would predominantly be retained, although a small group of trees would need to be removed to accommodate the new access point, and another group along the southern boundary to accommodate the care home building.

The former restaurant has been empty since a fire last year which badly damaged the roof.

Aftermath of Baffito’s fire Pic: Tony Worrall

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