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Marleyfield House Expansion progress update

Meeting: 06/06/2019 - Social & Health Care Overview & Scrutiny Committee (Item 6)

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That the Committee supports the progress made on the Marleyfield House expansion Project as a strategic priority for Social Services.



The Chief Officer (Social Services) introduced a report to update on progress in relation to the extension to Marleyfield House Care Home, Buckley.  He introduced Michael Jones  and Gareth Stapley-Jones, Planning & Development Officers, Social Services, to the meeting.


The Senior Manager, Integrated Services, Lead Adults  provided background information and said the development of Marleyfield House would increase existing capacity by an additional 32 beds and provide accommodation to support 64 people in total.  Following an initial feasibility study, approval was granted to engage a construction firm to take the project forward.  A revised, modern, and innovative design had been proposed which maximised the landscape topography and provided purpose built efficient accommodation for the range of services being delivered.  The plans allow increased operations functionality, a closer link with existing facilities, and supported recovery for short term residents and well-being for long-term residents.  Investment for the development had been sourced through a Capital Grant as part of Welsh Government’s Integrated Care Fund (ICF) with additional investment from the Council’s Capita Programme.  An application was also being made to the Innovative Housing Programme (IHP) to further support the project.


The Planning and Development Officers presented an artist’s impression of the extension, explaining the plans and layout.   


Members spoke in support of the project and the innovative approach to supporting individuals in residential settings. During discussion, Officers responded to the questions raised around staffing levels, catchment areas, provision for people with dementia, and day care and respite facilities.


Councillor David Healey asked why solar panels had not been incorporated into the design.  It was agreed that further information on the possible use of solar panels would be sought from the Design Commission for Wales. 


The Chair expressed concerns that the proposed parking arrangements may not be sufficient and asked whether the provision could be increased without compromising planning requirements.   Officers acknowledged the points made and explained that a number of staff had indicated that they wished to cycle to work which would further reduce the number of parking spaces required.




That the Committee supports the progress made on the Marleyfield House expansion Project as a strategic priority for Social Services.