Plans Approved for First Extra Care Housing Scheme in Burnley

10/02/2021

Plans to transform a plot of derelict land into extra care apartments in Burnley have approved by Burnley Borough Council.

The land, off Briercliffe Road, is set to be transformed into 93 high-quality apartments, specially designed to cater to the assisted living requirements of older people while improving quality of life.

The need for extra care accommodation has increased in recent years, as the population ages; housing providers are keen to provide a way for older people to maintain their independence and dignity for as long as possible by developing schemes such as this one.

The £16.6m project will be the first of its kind in Burnley, developed in response to a rising need for accommodation for older people within the community. Proposals include a communal garden, community space, and a bistro – all aiming to bring people together and reduce social isolation.

Housing provider, The Calico Group, have worked closely with architects Brock Carmichael to draw up the plans, along with partners from East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, Burnley Borough Council, the University of Central Lancashire, and Lancashire County Council, who have collaborated with the local community throughout the development process.

Michael Cosser, the Partner leading Brock Carmichael’s work on the project, said: “We are delighted that this important scheme has received planning permission. We have worked collaboratively with Calico, Ring Stones and key stakeholders to design a high quality development that has a distinctive appearance, which will integrate well into its surroundings. We look forward to the project now moving forward into the construction phase to deliver these much needed new affordable apartments and a community hub for local people.”

Wendy Malone, Director of Development at Calico Homes, said: “We’re delighted to have been granted permission to being this milestone development to Burnley. This is a brilliant opportunity for The Calico Group to work collaboratively with partners, providing homes and specialist services to people in our community. We know that extra-care accommodation is much needed within the local area, and this will make an enormous difference to people’s health and wellbeing.”

Construction is set to begin in summer 2022 by Ring Stones Maintenance and Construction, with completion expected in 2024.