Complex promises independence for older people
PLANS for a housing complex that would provide "extra care" for older people on site have been given the go-ahead.
The Cressy Fields development, in Alfreton, will see 52 two-bedroom apartments built with communal facilities including a lounge and dining area, a café and restaurant, therapy rooms and a hair salon.
They are among 1,600 extra care apartments Derbyshire County Council is looking to build to enable elderly people to live independently for longer.
Amber Valley Borough Council's planning committee has now given the Cressy Fields plans – developed by the county council in partnership Chevin Housing Association Ltd – the green light.
Cabinet member for adult care Councillor Charles Jones welcome the news.
He said: "We want older people to have choices, have their independence and their own front door and be able to stay living together as a couple – that's why we're investing in extra care.
"It is excellent news that our third scheme in partnership with Chevin Housing Association has been given the go-ahead by planners and we look forward to work starting on the scheme in the near future."
The development is part of a £200 million shake-up of adult care services in Derbyshire, sparked by surging demand and budget cuts.
It will see the council close 20 of its care homes over the next seven years.
Pensioners who need care will instead live either in one of the 1,600 new "extra care" apartments; one of the four new super-care homes specialising in dementia care; one of its four remaining care homes; or get help to move to private-sector housing.
The super-care homes will look after people with complex needs, such as dementia patients.
The modern buildings are also intended to be a "one-stop" centre for a broad range of services and information for older people.
The county council has produced a short film showcasing its plans.
The film can be viewed on its website at www. derbyshire.gov.uk/ transformingcare.