Housing plans make progress

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PLANS for multi-million pound housing developments which allow older people to live independently but have access to round-the-clock care are gathering momentum.

Derbyshire County Council has submitted proposals to build state-of-the-art extra-care housing units in Chesterfield and Clay Cross.

Members of the public are being asked to give their verdict on plans for the 55 two-bedroom extra care apartments and communal facilities at Foolow Court in Foolow Avenue, Chesterfield and a 90-apartment unit at the former Clay Cross School site in Market Street.

The county council has selected non-for-profit firm Chevin Housing Association to develop the extra care schemes.

Coun Charles Jones, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for adult social care, said: “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.”