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Taunton

Montpelier Estates have built a medium and low-secure treatment and rehabilitation hospital for patients with a broad range of mental health problems ranging from Learning Disability, Acquired Brain Injury to acute mental illness. The facility is at Chelston, near to the intersection between the A38 and B3187 just off the M5.

The facility is needed because the south-west has the lowest provision of secure beds in England with just one bed per 27,000 head of population compared to the East of England with one per 5,000 per head of population. There is currently limited low secure and no medium-secure independent sector provision in the south-west. As a result there are up to 70 patients with mental illness or specialist care needs from the region who are currently receiving care elsewhere in England.

The proposal will result in a substantial investment of nearly £20 million into the local area and bringing between four and five million of annual revenue to the local economy. In addition, there will be 225 full-time equivalent jobs created, many of which will require training support from local educational establishments.

The hospital will represent a socially responsible use of the land and greater employment opportunities than would normally come about with a commercial development of this size. It will provide a large and sustained economic boost to the local community and a modern, much-needed facility for vulnerable people who are unable to care for themselves.