Plans to build a new care home on the site of the former police station in Newton Aycliffe have now been submitted.
As exclusively revealed by Aycliffe Today in March, Durham Constabulary agreed to sell the 1.1-acre site to a care home group.
It was confirmed in May that Gateshead-based Helen McArdle Care had acquired the site for redevelopment.
The Gateshead-based firm, which runs 18 homes in the North East, has now officially applied to build a 56-bed home for people aged over 50 who need care.
In a document submitted to the council, the group says it wants the home to become a “fully integrated part of the community”.
It says each resident will have their own private room complete with en-suite facilities, television, telephone and computer points.
“It is often said that civilized society is defined by the way in which it looks after its children and the elderly,” adds the application.
“It is sincerely hoped that this new facility will reinforce those values by becoming an important part of those facilities needed to look after an ageing population on a long term basis.”
The new two-storey care home will be finished in red brick and grey concrete roofing tiles, and will include a garden, patio area and car park.
Members of the public can view and comment on the application by clicking here – the deadline to comment is Tuesday 30th June.