News Derbyshire reverses plans to close seven

homes amid new investment strategy Derbyshire County Council (DCC) has reversed the planned closure of seven care homes after it pledged no facility run by the local authority will close by 2022. A consultation on care homes had

earmarked the closure of the homes, which were placed under review after they were found by the Conservative-run DCC to be “unsound and unsafe”. The plan would have seen the reduction in

in care homes run by DCC from 23 to 16. “In the time since the start of the

consultation the world has changed, radically, with Covid-19 impacting on all parts of society and in particular the elderly and vulnerable in our communities and care homes. It is clear care homes will continue to be a central pillar of any strategy to deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,” said Derbyshire County Conservative Group. If a care home is to close after the start of

2022 there will be new alternative provision to replace it, the group added. DCC will now draw a up a new five-year

investment plan and care home strategy to be consulted by the end of this year. “We are working with staff to develop a new five-year investment plan, working with the

wider care sector, to ensure DCC can offer the best, modern, fit-for-purpose care facilities to ensure elderly Derbyshire residents and dementia sufferers have the provision they deserve and need, both now and into the future,” said DCC Leader Cllr Barry Lewis. DCC meanwhile has opened a care home

ready to welcome its first residents to rest and recuperate after suffering from coronavirus. The new Ada Belfield facility in Belper,

temporarily renamed the Florence Nightingale Home, will allow those recovering from Covid- 19 to be housed in a fit-for-purpose facility to minimise risks to residents of Derbyshire care homes. Built to replace the current Ada Belfield

care site, the home will be used exclusively to accept people discharged from hospital who need to rest, recuperate and isolate after suffering from Covid-19 but are not yet ready to go home.

The 40-bed unit, set over two floors, is built

on the site of a former Thornton’s factory site. Plans to open it as a conventional care

home are currently on hold. For now, the home will open with ten beds, with the potential to expand to 20. The care centre is part of a larger £10m development that includes a new library.

Angela Swift swoops to file plans for

71-bed development in Carlisle Harrogate outfit Angela Swift Developments has filed plans with Carlisle City Council to build a 71-bed care home on the site of a former home that closed last year. The £7m development, located around two

miles to the south-west of Carlisle city centre in Morton, would replace the council-run, 44-bed Langrigg House. Angela Swift proposes to build a three-story care home that incorporates residential and

dementia facilities with 23 bedrooms on the ground floor, 30 bedrooms on the first floor and 18 on the second floor. Communal facilities planned for the

development include cinema space, hairdresser, treatment room, library, coffee shop, activity rooms, private dining room and landscaped gardens. If approved, each wing would feature a large bathroom, designed to feel like a spa while being

fully accessible to all guests "to add a sense of luxury to the building", the developer said. Angela Swift anticipates the development,

planned to open in spring 2022, would create up to 70 full-time and part-time jobs.

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July 2020 • 11

McCarthy & Stone places final brick in assets sale to Waverstone

Retirement living developer McCarthy & Stone has completed the sale of 135 units to Waverstone LLP for £35m. The portfolio consists of 41 show flats and sales offices with a subsequent 12- month leaseback, and the sale of 94 finished apartments and apartments under construction in Scotland. The sale of these 94 apartments

completes the group's strategy to exit its development activity from Scotland. McCarthy & Stone will receive £13m cash on completion with the remaining £22m balance expected to be paid over the next three years. The transaction is expected to generate

anet profit of c.£3m over a three-year period.

McCarthy & Stone said the sale forms

part of the Covid-19 cash optimisation measures to ensure that the Group has around two and a half years of cash cover.

I have grown in confidence through the NAPA course.

The course has certainly made a difference to the

provision in our home.

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