OAP homes win backing

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Plans to replace an old people’s home with modern apartments have been approved.

The proposals involve Derwent House, Ulverston Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, a 40-bed facility with 31 residents.

The building is to close in six months with residents helped to find alternative accommodation. Meetings will also be held with staff with the aim of redeploying them where possible.

Derbyshire County Council has decided to replace it with 50 one- and two-bedroom apartments in a modern ‘extra care’ housing complex.

The decision follows a 12-week consultation earlier this year, where residents, relatives, staff and local people had the opportunity to give their views.

The new apartments will give people the chance to live independently with their own front door and stay together as a couple

The council has decided to spend 
£200 million developing new extra care apartments across the county in the next few years, to provide modern accommodation for elderly people.