Care to change

A £200m plan to transform residential and community care across Derbyshire has been approved.

Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet gave the ambitious scheme – to deliver dementia-friendly care and state-of-the-art accommodation to hundreds of older people – the go-ahead.

Many of the county’s care homes are to be replaced with modern one and two-bedroomed apartments available to rent or buy.

A series of consultations will now follow, starting from April, at the first residential homes which may be affected.

They include New Basset House in Shirebrook, Derwent House in Chesterfield and The Spinney in Brimington.

Cllr Charles Jones said: “We want everyone to have their own front door and live independently for as long as possible in five-star accommodation and surroundings.”