Care apartment plans in Baxendale shut down by council

Posted on 22 March 2011

People choosing a care home in the Baxenden area could find their options limited after a plan to build 36 extra care apartments was turned down.

Ward councillors said images for the proposals from developer I Care to turn the derelict Hill Top nursing home into accommodation for the elderly "resembled a prison", the Blackburn Citizen reports.

Authorities voted against the plan even though I Care said it would make changes to planned building materials.

"Some alterations had been made but they did not go far enough," ward councillor Kath Pratt told the newspaper.

"It was still very flat roofed and boxy and unsuitable to the area."

Councillors said any proposals must suit other buildings in the Christchurch Conservation Area.

Recently, Chesterfield Borough Council was awarded the European Standard Accreditation from the Telecare Services Association for its Careline service, which installs alarms and responds to calls from elderly residents.


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