Plans for new Cotmanhay care home go on show

Published on: Saturday, 30th March 2019

Residents of a Derbyshire County Council care home will be the first to see plans for its replacement.

Designs for a new care home and extra care centre in Cotmanhay will be shown to residents of Hazelwood Home for Older People.  Along with their family and friends, they’ll be invited to give feedback to the developers before an application for planning permission is made.

The public will also be invited to view the plans for the 40-bed care home and 65-place extra care centre which is being developed by the county council in partnership with housing provider Housing 21 on the former Bennerley School site.

Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for adult care Councillor Jean Wharmby said she was delighted to be able to share the plans with residents and their families.  She said: “We always said the residents would be the first to see proposals for this fabulous new development and I’m looking forward to hearing what they think,” she said.

“I hope they’re as pleased as I am with the facilities which are designed to create a purpose-built development for older and disabled people to live dignified and fulfilled lives.”

Plans for the new development on Bennerley Avenue have been drawn up by architects Glancy Nicholls to the highest dementia-friendly standards.  Glancy Nicholls’ design for the county council’s Meadow View care centre in Darley Dale has won several prestigious design awards.

The county council has also already worked with Housing 21 (formerly Housing and Care 21) on a number of projects including the new Thomas Fields care home and extra care centre in Buxton and Lacemaker Court in Long Eaton.

Once complete, the new Cotmanhay home, which will cost in the region of £15million, will replace Hazelwood, on Skeavington’s Lane, which no longer meets modern building standards.

Councillor Wharmby added: “Working with our partners we are creating modern, top quality accommodation for older people that is purpose-built and fit for the future.   Extra care gives people choice, flexibility, independence and security while having care if and when they need it, and the care home will provide the best care for older people with more complex needs.”

A public exhibition is due to be held in the early summer to give local people the chance to view the plans.

The county council launched a public consultation in to the future of Hazelwood Home for Older People in 2017. Following representations from campaigners, the decision was made to keep Hazelwood open while alternative solutions were looked at after repair costs were estimated to take up a large amount of the total repair bill for the council’s 23 homes.

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