Plans for a new £4 million learning disability day centre in Queensferry look set to get the go-ahead

Plans for a new £4 million learning disability day centre in Queensferry look set to be given the go-ahead by county planners next week.

The new day centre will replace the current ‘ageing and inefficient Glanrafon building which sits opposite Deeside Leisure Centre.

Should plans be approved the new centre will be built in the grounds of the former John Summers High School close to the rear boundaries of properties on North Street and Westminster Crescent.

The school building currently occupies part of the proposed new site and will be demolished prior to building work starting.

The new day centre will accommodate a single-storey new build with an enclosed ‘Sensory Garden’ to the south of the proposed building.

Associated parking and a small amount of landscaping and external lighting is also proposed.

The new learning disability centre will provide ‘highly valued quality respite care and therapeutic support each weekday for around 50 people, many with multiple and profound disabilities and served by 20 staff.’ 

‘The proposed development is intended to meet the current requirements of the area as well as providing for future needs.’ According to planning documents.

A report by Andrew Farrow, Chief Officer Planning and Environment says:

“The proposed siting, design and layout of this scheme has been the subject of lengthy discussions prior to the submission of this application and has been through several design iterations en route.”

The building takes the plan form of a ‘V’ and creates two wings, within which the accommodation and facilities are located.

The external appearance of the building utilises high-quality contemporary detailing and materials in its composition.

I am satisfied that this proposal represents a bold, modern but sympathetic design response to both the operational needs of the building and its setting.

The proposed building would not be out of character with the site and its surroundings and would enhance the overall appearance of the area.”

Councillor Aaron Shotton, Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Finance, said:

“Despite the council facing an enormous financial challenge, we have set out a clear and ambitious capital programme and this £4 million demonstrates this Council’s commitment to providing much-needed investment in this important and valued service.

The new facility will replace the existing day centre which is an ageing and inefficient building. The new building will be state-of-the-art and has been designed with input from service users, their family members and our staff.”

The planning committee will meet on February 7 to discuss the proposals.

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Application Form 0.17
Arboricultural Impact Assessment 1.95
Design and Access Statement 2.17
Ecological Assessment 3.65
GA Elevations as Proposed 0.82
GA Plan as Proposed 1.09
GA Roof Plan as Proposed 0.36
GA Sections as Proposed 0.57
Landscape Plan 0.67
Location Plan 2.98
Site Plans 1.85
Desk Study Report 1.82
Drainage Strategy Note 4.37
External Lighting Layout 0.76
Flood Risk and Drainage Feasibility Study 2.59
Landscape Statement 0.07
Mechanical and Electrical Infrastrucure Report 1.19