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The site for a new care home in Stornoway has been identified on farm land on the edge of the town.


In addition some 50 houses providing extra care plus 62 general needs units could also be erected on the field at Goathill Farm.


The “core-and-cluster” care campus would be located off Perceval Road between Goathill farmhouse and Sand Street.


The development is a collaboration between Western Isles Council, Hebridean Housing Partnership and the Western Isles Integration Board, the council and health board joint health and social care panel.


A report by development agents Robert Potter said: “The proposal is to develop the land for care housing and general needs housing.


“The site adjoins existing residential development in Stornoway and is a logical

extension of the town.


“The construction work is anticipated as taking 18 months to three years depending on the pace of the residential development.”


No housing would be built at the far northern end of the low lying site due to the risk of flooding.


About £16 million has been committed by the council towards the care home element of the project though the final cost of the wider scheme will be much more.


The new facility will replace the Dun Eisdean and Dun Berisay homes which are occupied to maximum capacity.


A formal approach over funding is due to be made to the Scottish Government.


The type of extra care housing on the campus would provide 24 hour care services to people who are assessed as requiring the additional help.


It is different to sheltered housing or housing support services but is designed to support individuals with complex needs through to end of life care.


Site chosen for new Stornoway care home

2 January 2018