Jobs boost under care home plans

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MORE than 70 jobs could be created under plans to build a care home on a former Doncaster school site.

Teesside-based Prestige Group is looking to develop the site of the former Northfield School, on North Eastern Road, Thorne.

The firm has submitted a planning application to Doncaster Council for what would be an 80-bed home on a site which is currently disused.

The jobs would be a mixture of full and part-time, and would range from domestic staff, carers, nurses and managers.

The firm is hoping to have planning permission for the scheme later this year.

If that goes to plan, the home would take around a year to build, meaning it could potentially open up in the Autumn of 2013.

Prestige currently operates a number of sites, mainly in the North East.

The firm had originally planned to develop a home for 70.

But it has since modified the plans to allow for a building which would allow for more rooms in the roof area.

The company’s financial director, Andy Wilson, said the plans were at an early stage.

He said: “There is a planning application which has gone in, and in terms of extra jobs it will create, it would be around 75.

“Most of those jobs would be going locally. There is a timescale for building work if we get planning permission, but everything would also depend on funding.

“The site is bare land at the moment, and we think it would be the ideal location for a care home.

“It backs onto a GP practice.”

The Prestige Group employs more than 200 people and operates a turnover in excess of £11 million, with an asset base of £40 million.

The group says it has ambitious plans to increase its care home beds to more than 1,000 within the next three years, as well as boosting its workforce to more than 1,000.

Most of its homes are in the Teesside area, but it has also built in Nottingham and Hull.