THE boss of a Whitchurch day centre says she is delighted plans to improve respite care for people living with dementia were passed by Shropshire Council.

A planning proposal for internal and external alterations to an existing physiotherapy unit to provide four health care suites, consultant rooms, a new day room, and ancillary facilities at the Bradbury Care Centre in Claypit Street was approved last week.

Mandy Silvester, centre manager, said that now the plans were approved, the hope is that she and her staff can put their fundraising into overdrive to start the work needed for supporting dementia patients.


“I’m really pleased to get the planning permission so now it’s all hands on deck for our funding applications,” said Mandy.

“We have some bids in place so it’s all fingers crossed now.

“We have lots of different applications that have been put forward to different organisations.

“There’s a lot of different fundraising activities also in place too, so hopefully we get them in place and get going.

“People can sometimes reserve what they’re doing until they see that the planning permission is in place but it’s all going now.

“Thee’s nothing to hold us back now to get out and find the funding.”

Shropshire Council planning officer Richard Denison approved the application – which was submitted in October – on Tuesday, November 7.

In his report, he said: “This application relates to internal and external alterations to the existing physiotherapy unit at Whitchurch Community Hospital to provide four health care suites, consultants rooms, a new day room, and ancillary facilities.”

He added: “The nearest residential dwelling is 29 Egerton Place which has a side boundary running along the southeast boundary of the site.

“This dwelling is located at a lower level with the main habitable windows facing north and west. A gable wall faces the hospital building.

“The proposed changes will not increase any additional openings and having regard to the relationship and existing boundary screening the proposed development will not result in any impact on residential amenity on the occupiers of this dwelling.

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“The proposed alterations will respect the appearance of the existing building and will not result in any detrimental impact on residential amenity.”

Mr Denison added that the work will largely be internal.

Anyone wishing to support the Bradbury Centre in its fundraising can do so by emailing