Council plans to redevelop care home

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Plans have been put forward to replace a North Derbyshire residential home with ‘extra care’ apartments for elderly people.

The proposals, for Derwent House Home for Older People in Ulverston Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, will be discussed at a meeting of Derbyshire County Council on Tuesday.

The plan would see the residential home being replaced with up to 50 one- and two-bedroomed apartments for older people, and communal facilities on the same site, subject to planning permission being granted.

Extra care schemes give people their own front door so they can live more independently, 24-hour security, the opportunity to stay living together as a couple if one person needs more care than the other, and the chance to ‘personalise’ how and when they receive care.

The council’s cabinet will consider a report at its meeting which includes views of residents, relatives, staff, local people and other interested parties, gathered in a 12-week consultation exercise.