Decision details

Consultation on the future of eight older people's residential care homes owned and operated by Surrey County Council

Decision Maker: Executive Director Adult Social Care

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


In April 2019 the council took back responsibility for operating eight residential care homes for older people that had been previously operated by Anchor Hanover Trust under contract. The homes are:


Abbeywood, Ash Vale

Barnfield, Horley

Birchlands, Englefield Green

Chalkmead, Merstham

Heathside, Woking

Keswick, Great Bookham

Meadowside, Staines

Orchard Court, Lingfield


Following independent building surveys and a refresh of the council’s commissioning strategy for older people, the Executive Director for Adult Social Care considers that the council should consult publicly on the future of the care homes.

We want to ensure that care meets the future needs and aspirations of Surrey’s ageing population so that people can lead independent and fulfilling lives for as long as possible.

As a county council we’re focused on modernising care so it’s tailored to people’s strengths and needs - including through investing in extra care apartments with support staff always on hand and working to improve choice for people who have advanced or complex conditions by increasing the provision of more specialist residential care.


It was AGREED that a public consultation on the future of the eight residential care homes for older people, operated by the council, start on the 11 October and close on 5 January 2022.


Reasons for the decision:

The consultation is to be a listening exercise to inform discussions and future decisions on how the council invests resources for supporting older people.

Alternative options considered:

No alternative options were considered.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Publication date: 11/10/2021

Date of decision: 28/09/2021