Bury care scheme approved

Development and infrastructure consultancy Peter Brett Associates has secured planning permission on behalf of HB Villages for the demolition and redevelopment of the 15,600 sq ft former Whittaker House care home in Radcliffe to make way for supported living and higher complex care accommodation.

The scheme was approved by members of Bury Council's planning committee. The development adjacent to the Manchester, Bolton and Bury canal comprises a 9,000 sq ft two-storey supported living block containing 14 one-bedroom apartments, and a 5,270 sq ft single-storey higher complex care unit containing six one-bedroom apartments for adults with autism.

The development will be managed by Inclusion Housing, with 24-hour on-site support provided by Lifeways.

Construction is expected to start in the autumn.

Michael Gilbert, an associate in PBA's Manchester office, said: "We are pleased to have secured consent for another important supported living scheme on behalf of HB Villages, and the development in Bury is the first to also include an element of higher complex care. The proposals were fully supported by the Council, and will regenerate a derelict site to deliver much needed specialist accommodation."

Alastair Sheehan, development director at HB Villages, said: "We are impressed with the level of co-operation offered by the Council and the efforts made by PBA to secure consent for this much needed accommodation for vulnerable adults. This will give the tenants the ability to live in the dignity and manner that they and all of us deserve. We very much look forward to project handover."

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