Hucknall residents have reacted positively to plans for a new £6m care home and dozens of new jobs.
The 74-bedroom care home will be built on Beardall Street, close to Watnall Road and the High Street – replacing the current “derelict” buildings on the site.
The new home has been described as “five star” and will feature its own bar, library and health spa treatment rooms.
Matthew Brazkiewicz, 25, who lives directly opposite the site on Beardall Street, said: “It will stop kids hanging round the old building, which has been a problem for a while.
“There might be problems with parking, but it’s a good idea overall.”
Some residents mentioned the lack of care homes in the UK, and said the new facility would be a positive step towards addressing this.
A study by Newcastle University last year estimated that an extra 71,000 care home spaces will be needed throughout the country over the next eight years.
Phil Harrington, 37, of Beardall Street, said: “The buildings there are derelict, so it will definitely improve the area. And we need more care homes.”
The new home will also have a bistro with a la carte dining, a hair salon and an internet café.
Resident Robin Dodd, 70, of Beardall Street, said: “People keep saying there aren’t enough care homes around, so why not.
“There is less trouble in care homes than housing.”
The facility will create around 90 new jobs, which has been met with a positive response.
Lauren Gilfillan, 23, of Butler’s Hill, said: “It will be a good thing to get more jobs in the area.
“A lot of people are looking for work around here.”
Baldev Ladhar, director of Crown Care Developments, which operates 14 care homes across the North East and Yorkshire, said: “Our home in Hucknall will be right at the centre of the community, close to the High Street and very accessible to the town centre.
“We look forward to getting on site and creating a home for our new residents to enjoy a happy and fulfilling retirement.”