Plans for new Cotmanhay care home move a step closer

Published on: Thursday, 12th September 2019

Plans for a new care home in Cotmanhay have moved a step closer.

On Wednesday 11th September, the County Council cabinet approved funding for the development which would replace the Hazelwood Home for Older People.

Plans have been drawn up for a 40-bed care home on the site of the former Bennerley School and officials have now submitted a planning application. They will also begin the process of finding a contractor.

The plans also include 66 extra care apartments and 18 bungalows for rent by local people over 55 which would be developed in partnership with housing provider H21.  There will also be a cafe and sports pitch for community use.

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

Councillor Jean Wharmby, Cabinet Member for Adult Care, said: “Despite the budget restraints we, and other councils face, we remain committed to helping older people lead dignified and fulfilled lives.

"Working with our partners, we want to create purpose-built, modern accommodation which will meet the needs of Derbyshire residents into the future.

“The care home would provide the best care for older people with more complex needs and extra care gives people choice, flexibility, independence and security while having care if and when they need it.”

The designs for the new development on Bennerley Avenue have been drawn up by award-winning architects Glancy Nicholls to the highest dementia-friendly standards.

It is hoped that if planning permission is granted work could begin in March 2020 and would take up to two years to complete.

Hazelwood would remain open while the new home is built with current residents given the choice to move to the new development.

A public consultation in to the future of Hazelwood Home for Older People was first launched in 2017.

After listening to local residents, Cabinet decided 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 a total of 23 authority run homes.

An Older People’s Housing Accommodation and Support Strategy was published recently to support older people to live independently in their own homes and communities for as long as possible.

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