Chesterfield care scheme gets go-ahead

ARTISTS IMPRESSION: Plans to transform Foolow Court in Foolow Avenue, Chesterfield in to 55 two-bedroomed `extra care' apartments and communal facilities have been given the go-ahead.
ARTISTS IMPRESSION: Plans to transform Foolow Court in Foolow Avenue, Chesterfield in to 55 two-bedroomed `extra care' apartments and communal facilities have been given the go-ahead.

State-of-the-art apartments are set to be built in Chesterfield – as part of a revolutionary plan to transform the way elderly people are cared for.

Fifty-five, two-bedroom homes, communal facilities with parking and gardens will be built at Foolow Court in Foolow Avenue, Chesterfield.

The development is the first stage of a major plan which could see 20 care homes replaced with flats for the elderly.

Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for adult care Charles Jones said: “We are delighted the extra care housing scheme at Foolow Court has been given planning permission and we look forward to work starting on the scheme.”

He added: “We want as many people as possible to have their own front door and live independently for as long as possible in five-star accommodation and surroundings.

“Our plans for extra care mean couples would be able to stay together and have 24/7 on site care if they need it, and there would be an excellent mix of services available for older people in Derbyshire.”

Plans for 52 apartments on the Cressy Fields in Alfreton are currently being re-drawn following comments from residents. They will shortly be submitted to Amber Valley Borough Council.

A third scheme, for 90 apartments and day care facilities, is planned for the former Clay Cross School site in Market Street, Clay Cross.

The ambitious plans are part of the council’s biggest investment in specialist housing, day care and respite services for older people.

At least 1,600 apartments and specialist residential services could be created across the county over the next five to seven years.