Care apartment plan approved for Buxton

The site of the new care apartments, which will create 28 jobs.
The site of the new care apartments, which will create 28 jobs.
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Plans for 53 extra care apartments in Buxton, which will create 28 jobs, have been given the go-ahead.

The scheme, which also includes a day centre, was submitted by Housing 21 of Bradford and will occupy a site on Brown Edge Road.

An earlier application by the company for a slightly larger development was rejected by councillors in February, but the revised plans were approved by members of High Peak Borough Council’s Development Control Committee at a meeting on Monday.

Catherine Bradbury, of Housing 21, told the meeting: “This will ensure local people stay local even if their needs increase.

“We feel the care we provide can mean a reduced need for admission to hospital, it can also support early discharge from hospital.

“We believe the scheme is going to be beneficial to older people and their families but also to the community in general as a meeting place and resource for local people to use.”

The linked building will feature a specialist residential dementia care wing, as well as communal facilities including lounges, dining rooms, activity spaces and a day centre.

The scheme will create 28 jobs and includes 47 car parking spaces.

Other facilities, including a hair salon, restaurant and health suite will be available for members of the public to use, the meeting heard.

Cllr John Faulkner said: “This addresses the future need for care beds and facilities in the area over the next 20 years and beyond.

“All things being considered, I think this will be a good thing for Buxton and its community.”

And Cllr Lance Dowson added: “As an ex-social worker, I think it is an excellent scheme. I like the idea of having resources in there which members of the public can use. It saves people being isolated and relying just on relatives to come and see them. I support it wholeheartedly.”