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Plans for new care home move forward

Published: 29 January 2020

We're pressing ahead with plans to build a new care home in Cotmanhay to replace Hazelwood Home for Older People.

On Monday, 3 February, our regulatory planning committee will consider an application for the £15 million care home on the site of the former Bennerley School.

If planning permission is granted it’s expected the new care home could be up and running within 2 years.

Council leader Councillor Barry Lewis said we were investing in high quality care services for Derbyshire residents.

“This is going to be a fabulous development and shows our commitment to helping support older and disabled people in Derbyshire lead dignified and fulfilled lives,”

“We’re pressing ahead to ensure we provide high quality care services for the people of Erewash as Hazelwood is no longer fit for the modern day. The building is unsound and while the quality of care is very high, the building doesn’t come up to the high standards we expect in the 21st century.”

The plans include proposals for 66 extra care apartments and 18 bungalows for rent by local people over 55. We are looking at other options for extra care accommodation as well as considering enlarging the new care home after its proposed housing provider partner Housing 21 said it would no longer be part of the development.

Councillor Lewis added:

“We’re currently talking to other housing providers about extra care apartments as well as considering the possibility of adding more beds to the new care home.

“This development shows we are committed to investing in the very best care services for our residents.”

Designs for the new care home have been drawn up by award-winning architects Glancy Nicholls to the highest dementia-friendly standards.

Siobhan Moore, director of development at Housing 21 said:

“As a leading not for profit provider of extra care and retirement housing, we were excited about the potential to work with Derbyshire County Council and Glancy Nicholls on a new development.

“However, after exploring the options to deliver extra care at Bennerley Avenue we felt the proposals for the scheme did not fit our preferred model of extra care. Housing 21 will assist Derbyshire County Council and any potential new partners to bring this scheme forward in any way we can.”

Hazelwood care home, on Skeavington’s Lane, is to remain open while the new home is built with current residents given the choice to move to the new development.