A building company has proposed a new care home in Andover.

Frontier Estates is preparing proposals for a 72-bedroom state-of-the-art home with associated landscaping and parking at the former Babbage House site in Anton Mill Road.

The site has been left derelict for a number of years and was formerly a data centre.

Frontier held a drop-in session for residents to discuss the proposals in more detail at The Lights on Wednesday, October 18. 

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Although consultation has taken place, no plans have formally been submitted for the development.

Frontier has explored the possibility of building a new care home in Hampshire, and recently had plans for a home in Kingsclere rejected before moving to the proposed site in Andover.

Frontier has said that the care home would complement the mix of uses in the area, and address local community needs by offering services to the elderly population in Andover and the Test Valley.

The site will also provide parking and landscaping improvements and create 60 to 80 permanent jobs. Facilities at the proposed site include a bistro, cinema room, and a hair salon.

Development director for Frontier Estates, Matt Croger, said: “Our plans for a new care home in Andover would help to meet an established and growing demand for specialist accommodation that responds to the needs of local older people.

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"Moreover, we believe the proposal site is well suited to becoming a care home, as it lies close to the town centre.

"It would also ensure that much better use is made of a site which has lain derelict for years, has been targeted by vandals, and currently fails to make a positive contribution to Andover.

"We pride ourselves on working collaboratively with communities and are very much looking forward to receiving feedback from local residents.”