A new mental health care home for dementia patients has been approved.

The Whytecliffe Group, which runs Arundel Park Lodge Nursing Home at 22 and 24 Arundel Drive East, Saltdean, submitted a planning application for 26 Arundel Drive East last year.

The proposal is for a 14-bed care home specifically for dementia patients.

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The property, a vacant family home, will be linked to the existing care home through a single-storey extension.

Specialist care workers will be there 24 hours a day to care for patients, and catering used at the existing nursing home will also serve the new facility.

The home will have communal living and dining spaces as well as a resident kitchen to provide a "home environment" for patients.

Residents will be able to prepare snacks and bake with the help from care workers.

The rooms will all have en-suite bathrooms.

SDR Designs, which submitted the plans on behalf of the care group, said the home was needed as a result of an ageing population and increased demand.

It said: "With the demand for quality care within the Brighton and Hove area at an all-time high, the proposals would provide a much-needed mental health care home which would allow residents within the surrounding area to be cared for within close proximity to other family members.

"Demand has increased particularly for services that can support extremely vulnerable people with multiple conditions.

"This has been driven by hospital discharges but also changes in demographics.

"People are living longer in ill health, with frailty and multiple long-term conditions increasingly common among older people in residential care.".

When the plans were first submitted, residents expressed concerns that the nursing facility was being over developed. There were also fears over privacy and the loss of a family home but the plans were approved by Brighton and Hove City Council despite seven objections from the community.

No start date for the work has yet been confirmed