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.