NSW: Thompson Health Care defends plans for $30M aged care facility in north Sydney

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The new wave of consumer advocacy: the family-owned provider wants to demolish three single and double-storey homes to build a four-storey 123-bed facility backing onto the Pymble Golf Club at St Ives, 21km north of the Sydney CBD.

But some residents say the facility is unsuitable to the residential street and launched an action group to oppose the plans.

“The main concern is that it’s completely out of keeping with the streetscape – someone made the comment that it looks like a correctional facility and I think she nailed it,” Cowan Rd Action Group chair Linda Chander said.

“We’re not against the development of aged care facilities, but it has to be in keeping with a local area.”

Thompson Health Care – which owns 12 aged care facilities in NSW – acquired the three adjoining sites in 2015 and Project Manager Andrew Elmslie says the plans were designed to limit the impact on neighbouring homes.

“Thompson Health Care have three homes in close proximity to St Ives that are currently full with long waiting lists (and) this demand is forecasted to grow over the next 30 years,” Mr Elmslie said in a statement.

With the Government agree? The plans now have been referred to the Sydney North Planning Panel.

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