A NEW extra care facility could be built at a nursing home in Wrexham.

Plans have been unveiled as the owners of Pendine Park Nursing Home in Summerhill look to meet the growing demand for specialist beds in the area.

The proposed accommodation would include space for up to 50 residents, along with rooms for treatment, lounges, kitchens, washing, storage, offices and training.

If approved, it would be created on an area of waste ground next to the existing home near Gwersyllt.

In a planning statement, the company which runs the home said it would provide a considerable benefit to the area.

They said: “Pendine Park is a significant and positive asset to the Wrexham Area and local community.

“It is offering top quality care and specialised healthcare to the area, employment of over 500 local people, attracts specialist skills to the area, provides educational training, assists the primary health care providers, and can accommodate future expansion at Pendine Park as an existing brownfield infrastructure facility.

“Approval of this outline planning application would be wholly appropriate and supportive of the needs of the community for the future, and demonstrates Pendine Park’s commitment to invest in the future of Wrexham, in its community, employment and care of the elderly and frail.

“Appropriate planning policy should protect Pendine Park’s current care service provision and support future development of the business, care provisions, employment opportunities and educational delivery at the site.”

The home is based in an area which is allocated as green wedge land in Wrexham’s emerging Local Development Plan, which was recently submitted for public inspection.

However, the care organisation said the grounds around Pendine Park should be seen as part of the operational business and not as open countryside.

In total the home provides living accommodation for nearly 250 residents, who are provided with nursing and treatment services on site.

The company added: “The openness and character of the countryside will be maintained and integrated into future development on site through regular planning controls other than a green wedge policy, and sensitive development at Pendine Park cannot and will not jeopardise the core purpose of the green wedge policy as previously discussed in this statement.

“On planning balance, there is no justifiable reason to refuse the principle of expansion and development at Pendine Park, and the overall benefits to the county and North Wales as a whole in terms of care, employment and education are significant and positive balancing considerations in support of granting outline planning consent for this proposal.”

The proposals will be decided on by Wrexham Council at a future date.