PLANS to build a 72-bedroom care home in Andover have been submitted.

Frontier Estates has submitted a planning application to build a new care home at the former Babbage House site in Anton Mill Road, Andover.

The care home will feature en-suite bathrooms in all rooms and 24-hour on-site provision, as well as a cafe, activity rooms, cinema, hairdressers, lounges, dining spaces and quiet rooms.

Andover Advertiser: 3D view of the proposed care home

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The three-floor facility will focus on end-of-life care, providing accommodation for older people with residential, nursing and dementia care needs.

The developers previously registered a pre-application submission for an 86-bedroom care home in November 2022 with four floors, however, planning officers noted that it would not complement the 'landscape character of the area'.

The proposed site will also create up to 70 full-time jobs, providing a 'significant boost to local job creation and economic growth'.

Frontier says that the care home would make best use of redundant, previously developed land, and address local community needs by offering services to the elderly population in Andover and the Test Valley.

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

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Development director for Frontier Estates, Matt Croger, previously said to the Advertiser: “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.

"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.”