Clayton Church Homes’ proposed $25.3M aged care facility in Adelaide Hills faces opposition

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A planned $25.3 million two-storey aged care facility at Uraidla, a town in the Adelaide Hills, 17km from Adelaide’s CBD, is facing opposition from Adelaide Hills Council and a nearby childcare centre.

Clayton Church House, a leading provider of residential aged care, retirement living accommodation and home care services across Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills, has lodged an application with the South Australian Government’s development assessment panel (SCAP) to demolish an existing, 25-bed aged care accommodation facility Summerhill for a new 60-bedroom home with 31 car parking spaces, as we reported in September last year.

The Christian Not For Profit organisation, which follows the principles of the Uniting Church, state that the existing aged care facility “does not have capacity to service the growing demand for aged care services in the area”.

“The proposed development will provide a significant community benefit in the form of a higher quality aged care accommodation facility to serve a larger number of aged care residents in the district,” its application states.

However, Adelaide Hills Council’s assessment panel rejected the proposal, with concerns “about hazard risk, the protection of rural character and the maintenance and protection of water quality.” Nearby childcare centre, Merrilyn’s Family Day Care, said it feared for its future if the development went ahead.

Clayton Church House has engaged architects Brown Falconer and is about to finalise a builder.

It is anticipated that construction of the Summerhill facility will be completed at the end of 2022, said Clayton Church House.

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