Cranleigh Village Health Trust (CVHT) is a registered charity, established in 2001 to safeguard in-patient facilities at Cranleigh’s Village Hospital.
Since 2006, when the hospital beds were finally closed, CVHT has worked tirelessly to return Community Beds to Cranleigh.
Through this project, CVHT will facilitate the delivery of 16 Community Beds, retaining ownership of the freehold of the care home and health worker accommodation, as well as the overall site.
The name of the charity changed from Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust to Cranleigh Village Health Trust in December 2019.
CVHT will partner with HC-One, one of the UK’s leading health and social care providers for older people. HC-One will be the care home operator and owner of a long lease on the care home building.
They will provide nursing care required for the 16 Community Beds, on behalf of CVHT, with these beds fully integrated in functional terms within the overall 64-bed care home.
Cranleigh Village Health Trust has submitted a Full Planning Consent Application to Waverley Borough Council.
The application is for the erection of a building to provide a 64 bed care home, including 16 community beds, together with a building to provide 14 health workers’ accommodation units, with access from Knowle Lane, associated parking and ancillary works.
CVHT is proposing the return of 16 Community Beds within the new care home setting, in collaboration with care home provider HC-One, and also NHS Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group, Surrey County Council, and the Royal Surrey County Hospital.
The site is located immediately adjacent to the built-up boundary of Cranleigh, lying to the south of John Wiskar Drive and to the east of Knowle Lane.
This site has excellent sustainability credentials, sitting close to the village centre and available public transport, with easy access to shops, community and health services, with Cranleigh Medical Practice being very nearby.
It also offers good pedestrian access to the village centre, with its various services and public car parks for visitors.
Our proposal will not result in the loss of any playing fields. This is because our earlier planning consent, which has been fully implemented, gave permission in 2005 for the change of use of land to the south west to a playing field, replacing the then current playing field status of the application site, when planning permission was granted for healthcare facilities.
The 16 Community Beds within the proposed care home will be made available exclusively to the NHS and Surrey County Council (through their Integrated Care Partnership), to allocate to appropriate patients, based on clinical need.
The beds would not be restricted to very old people, although in reality this will probably be their predominant use, based on predicted local need. Stay for some patients will be long-term and for others much shorter period; for example, while recovering from an operation and preparing to return home, or potentially for end-of-life care.
Priority will be given, where possible, to residents of Cranleigh and the surrounding areas. This is the same approach to allocation always taken when Community Beds were available in Cranleigh’s Village Hospital.
The care home application is accompanied in our proposals by a 14-unit building provided as affordable accommodation for key workers employed in local health service provision. Key workers are defined as those providing essential services to the functioning and delivery of such services to the community.
The rooms in this accommodation block will be allocated by CVHT, in cooperation with the NHS, Surrey County Council, Royal Surrey County Hospital and HC-One. They will be made available at no more than 80% of market rent, therefore meeting the definition of ‘Affordable Private Rent’.
Each accommodation room will have its own en-suite with washing facilities, as well as an individual kitchen.
CVHT believes that local health key workers need somewhere affordable to live within the local community where they work. Our proposals will deliver this affordable accomodation.
An extremely high degree of experience and professionalism has been used to create a building that is future-proofed to provide the highest levels of care in a high-quality environment.
The gardens are appropriate in size and will provide landscaping and areas for easy access to the outside, in a way that is secure, safe and appropriate to the health of the residents.
The care home will have spacious and bright rooms that will be close to double the national minimum standards. Each room will have its own en-suite and washing areas, allowing residents to have privacy and maintain dignity.
In addition, the care home will contain numerous spaces for social contact, as well as dedicated treatment/servicing areas to enable and provide care.
The Community Beds will have additional rooms to allow for visiting professionals from Royal Surrey County Hospital, Cranleigh Medical Practice and other health professionals providing therapies.
Staff rest, changing and showering areas will be provided.
The care home is designed and equipped to support residents with varying degrees of dementia. Care and support will be provided on site by experienced professionals, trained staff and also be specialist care workers, active in the community, to provide specific assistance and treatments.
Robin spoke recently to Giles Mahoney, Director of the Integrated Care Partnership in Guildford, about their support for Cranleigh Village Health Trust. Here’s their conversation, which originally featured on Cranleigh Community Radio.
The trustees of Cranleigh Village Health Trust would like to hear your views about these new proposals. Please use the form below to send us your feedback, or email email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.