PLANS to build a luxury care home boasting a cinema, bistro and hairdressing salon have been unveiled.

The 72-bedroom complex will be built on land off Hopclover Way, Ringwood, if proposals submitted to New Forest District Council are given the go-ahead.

The scheme has been devised by London-based Frontier Estates, which has already completed more than 150 projects across the country.

A design and access statement that forms part the application says: "The proposal is to create a state of the art facility for elderly and frail residents with varying levels of dependency and a significant degree of dementia.

"The home would be fully compliant with current legislation and standards, and would exceed minimum standards in all aspects of accommodation and construction.

"The project is promoted on the basis of local and national recognised need for safe and secure accommodation for those who are unable to care for themselves at home and are generally deemed medically suitable for discharge from hospital.

"The accommodation will include facilities such as a bistro, cinema room, hairdresser and meeting rooms."

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Less frail residents will be given ground floor rooms to allow them to access small patio gardens. Other pensioners will be allocated rooms on the upper storey.

The statement says: “There must be flexibility over time to allow the mix of residents to change as circumstances vary.

"It's important that movement through and around the home allows for independent access to each group without the disturbance to residents of passing through one unit to gain access to another.”

The grounds will be professionally landscaped with activity zones, dementia-friendly areas and relaxation spaces.

Windows will be larger than normal, with lower sills to allow wheelchair users and bedbound residents to enjoy views of the gardens.

According to Frontier Estates the proposed development will provide much-needed care facilities as well as improving the existing site and the surrounding environment.

The application says: "The design aims to be sensitive to the scale of surrounding buildings and its rural context. It strives to maximise the sense of openness and outlook, both to and from the site especially along Hopclover Way and towards Castleman Trail.

"The approach has been driven by the intent to create an excellent environment for its future occupants as well as the wider community.

“Not only does providing tailor-made accommodation ease the demand on care services, but it also frees up family-sized housing, allowing other residents to move up the property ladder.”

The application is due to be considered by the district council before January 25 next year.