Brain injury care unit in Preston approved

The property will be converted into a treatment unit
The property will be converted into a treatment unit
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Plans to establish a “vital” Preston care unit for patients with acquired brain injuries have been approved by the city council.

The residential facility will replace a former alcohol dependency care home associated with the nearby Bridge House unit on St Luke’s Place.

The care facility on Fletcher Road will be run by National Care Group who purchased the property earlier this year, according to council documents.

Internal alterations will take place to create “larger rooms suitable for the proposed use”, the care provider said although there will be no exterior alterations.

A report submitted by the firm reads: “The proposals will bring an otherwise redundant building back into use and provide vital care for people with acquired brain injuries. The proposed works and alterations will be carried out to the highest standard and the site will be maintained to the highest standard once complete and in operation.”

The unit will include seven en-suite self-contained units with trained staff set to be on site 24 hours a day.

150 Fletcher Road was built in the 1970s as a seven-bedroomed, detached house but was later used as a convent.

In 2010 planning approval was granted for it to become a residential care home for patients with alcohol dependency.

That has closed and the building has been vacant for several months.