ANOTHER plan for a care village for older people at Inveresk has been revealed, just four months after a similar plan was scrapped.

Cinnamon Retirement Living is proposing to submit a major planning application for the £45 million project at Kirk Park with East Lothian Council early next year.

The company is holding a community consultation drop-in event on Wednesday, 3-7.30pm at the Ravelston House Hotel, Musselburgh.

In August, Richmond Villages, part of Bupa, confirmed that its care village plan for vacant land at Kirk Park had been scrapped.

The company, which didn’t own the site at Inveresk, concluded as plans progressed that the Inveresk site wasn’t suitable for the project.

Consent for a similar scheme was granted to a different developer in 2010 but nothing happened.

Cinnamon Retirement Living’s planned care village would include a 30-bed care home providing elderly frail care and 30-bed care home for dementia care.

The main village centre building would include 45 care suites with facilities such as a restaurant, shop, cafe and wellness spa. Surrounding the village centre building would be 118 care apartments.

It would be expected to generate generate up to 150 full and part-time local jobs, including management, nursing, care, hospitality, administration, activities, maintenance, driving and gardening.

Declan Walsh, managing partner of Cinnamon Care Capital, said: “An application in April 2010 for a care village on Kirk Park was approved and this new proposal reduces scale by over 30 per cent.

“Kirk Park is a great location, close to a major population centre with good local infrastructure and services. It’s a beautiful, peaceful and secure setting – a place where people will want to live as well as a great place to work.”

A document outlining the plan has been sent to nearby residents.

It states: “Far from being a gated community, the retirement village will work hard to be part of your community and locals will have the opportunity to take advantage of many of the facilities provided.

“The main village centre building will have a cafe and shop which is open for local residents to use, and groups and societies will be welcome to use the facilities for meetings and functions.”

Barry Turner, of Inveresk Village Society, said: “I am pleased that there is another proposal because there would be so much uncertainty about the future of the site without such a proposal. It looks to me to be very similar to what was proposed before.

“It’s a little baffling that Richmond eventually found the site unsuitable but the new developers have resurrected the scheme.

“I think there would be some support for the large area shown as meadow because it cannot be built upon to be used as allotments.”