Minsden makeover could see care home disappear from Hitchin town centre

Minsden, the Quantum Care home in central Hitchin

Minsden, the Quantum Care home in central Hitchin - Credit: Archant

Neighbours and people in the wider community are being asked to voice their opinion on potential plans to redevelop a Hitchin care home into houses.

Minsden, the Quantum Care home in central Hitchin

Minsden, the Quantum Care home in central Hitchin - Credit: Archant

An exhibition is being held on Monday at Church House in Churchyard between 4pm and 8pm to discuss the future of Minsden in Wratten Road West.

Posters have appeared around the town containing advance information about the Herts County Council consultation, which will see the unveiling of a proposal to redevelop the site – which sits alongside the A602 Park Way and next to the Girton Court sheltered and retirement housing complex – and create 10 new homes.

This is just one option, as the county council seeks to find a developer to take on the project after it has gained outline planning permission.

A County Hall spokesman said: “We are proposing to obtain planning permission for the residential redevelopment of the site, although we will not be developing the site itself.

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“We aim to sell it to a residential house builder with the benefit of outline planning permission in order to maximise its value.

“The illustrative scheme which will be on display at the exhibition is the one which is likely to be submitted with the planning application.

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“It includes six semi-detached houses, one short terrace of three houses and one detached house, which vary in height between two and three storeys.

“This shows one way which homes could be provided, but the house builder who eventually purchases the site could apply to North Herts District Council for a different type of housing scheme, for which a new planning application would be made.

“We welcome the public to view these plans in more detail at the exhibition and look forward to hearing your views.”

Work is almost complete on the £6.7 million project to build 75-bed care home, Garden City Court in Letchworth, which has been designed to replace Minsden.

If you are unable to attend the event the consultation material will be available from Monday until Monday, July 20, at www.vincent-gorbing.co.uk/consultation and www.hertsdirect.org/consultations.

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