A: We’re proposing to deliver a new health campus at Bidford Fields, which will include the following facilities.
- Extra Care accommodation for older people: One hundred and forty-five one and two-bedroom apartments and six two-bedroom bungalows, to enable people aged over 55 to live independently. These facilities would have indoor communal areas, arts and crafts spaces, landscaped courtyards, and on-site café with produce shop for on-site grown fruit and vegetables
- A specialist care home: This facility for people needed specialist support would have 72 en-suite rooms, with indoor communal areas, garden, dining room and meeting spaces
- Extended specialist health facilities: Additional consulting space for NHS services such as dentist or treatment rooms.
A: The site is on Stratford Road, which hosts Bidford Health Centre.
A: Extra Care ensures older people can live independently, whilst being able to access support. It is available to anyone aged 55 and older. Oculus’ Extra Care model provides adaptations that allow residents to access adaptive and complex care requirements whilst living independently. Together with an on-site care hub, this ensures support can be provided when it is required to the benefit of the resident.
A: The Specialist Care home at Bidford Fields would be designed to provide end-of-life nursing care. The facility will be Care Quality Commission registered and managed by a top tier nursing home operator, selected by Oculus.
A: Bidford Fields will also help extend the capacity of Bidford Health Centre with facilities that will provide additional consulting space for NHS services such as dentistry or treatment rooms.
A: Oculus Real Estate is a well-established company bringing a successful and complete supported living model to the UK market. With more than 50 years’ experience in health care, development and finance, they worked on numerous sites across the UK in the supported living sector including West Yorkshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.
They have worked closely with local and parish councillors and Warwickshire’s Adult Social Care Commissioner to shape the plans for Bidford Fields.
A: Ensuring the site uses green initiatives and is fit for the future is key. Here are just some of the ways we are ensuring the site is as sustainable as possible.
- Cycle routes: Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council hopes to convert the disused railway along the north of the site into a greenway (Avon and Arrow Greenway) for walking and cycling. If these plans are brought forward, this would provide a direct walking and cycling connection from the site into Bidford-on-Avon, Broom, and Stratford-upon-Avon. Discussions continue about these improvements. To accommodate cyclists, cycle parking and bike storage facilities will be available on site.
- Net-zero Carbon: The health campus is set to be zero carbon and use on-site renewable energies.
- Natural surroundings: We want Bidford Fields to incorporate the feeling of a natural English landscape, integrating the site’s beautiful rural surroundings, through a network of pathways and courtyards. Native trees, shrubs, hedges, grasses and plants will be featured across the site. Courtyards will include small pools to collect rainwater across the site, providing natural drainage and providing benefits for the local wildlife.
A: Net zero refers to the balance between the amount of greenhouse gas produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere. We reach net zero when the amount we add is no more than the amount taken away. The Government is committed to ensure the UK is net zero by 2050. You can find out more about the government’s plans to achieve this here.
A: People can let us have their views in a number of ways:
- We are holding an open public consultation on Friday 26 November between 2pm and 7pm, which residents and businesses are invited to attend. Feedback forms will be available to provide attendees to feedback to the project team.
- For those unable to make the public consultation in person, feedback can be made to the team by our online form.
- People can also email the team on [email protected]
A: Yes. The health and safety of everyone attending our events is priority to us and we will take every step to ensure they comply with the government’s guidance.
Hand sanitizer and marked guideline distancing will be available for anyone attending and we will carry out a risk assessment to ensure that all appropriate measures are in place.
For those unable to attend the public consultation, any feedback can be sent in via email, phone or the online form.
A: Feedback provided will be used to inform the plans for Bidford Fields. Following the consultation, we will submit a planning application to Stratford-upon-Avon District Council, who will determine the plans.