Presbyterian Aged Care NSW & ACT (PAC) has welcomed the development approval for the Scottish Hospital site at Paddington, announced by the NSW Planning Assessment Commission.
PAC Chief Executive Officer, Paul Sadler, said the announcement of the approval completed a lengthy process, which had included significant public consultation.
The Planning Assessment Commission has approved the redevelopment of the site, which will see:
· Replacement of the existing 88-bed residential aged care facility with a new 100-bed facility including a 20-bed dementia unit;
· construction of 70 new seniors independent living units across 4 new buildings;
· adaptive conversion of the Scottish Hospital heritage building to contain nine seniors apartments, and retention and restoration of heritage features such as the terraced gardens;
· space for future community care programs, as well as a range of amenities for residents and their visitors; and
· dedication of land to expand the public park on the northern boundary of the site – Dillon Reserve.
Mr Sadler said the Planning Assessment Commission’s decision recognised the importance of the site for both the local community and PAC. “As a result, the Commission placed conditions on its approval, which we will now work through,” he said.”
PAC and the Presbyterian Church Property Trust will take the next few months to review the plans for the site in the light of the final development approval conditions, as well as understanding the impact of recent Federal Government aged care reforms and prevailing financial and property market conditions.
“This is a major development,” Mr Sadler said, “so we will take the time we need to get it right.”
A ministry of the Presbyterian Church, PAC exists to provide care and accommodation for older people, with a commitment to excellence inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus. It operates 10 aged care homes, 13 community care services and 12 retirement villages in NSW and the ACT, providing care and accommodation to over 1300 people.