Housing provider Calico Homes, with architecture studio Brock Carmichael, has drawn up designs for 90 extra care apartments and a community hub on four acres of derelict land at Burnley General Hospital.
A public consultation on the £14m proposals launches today and runs for a month. The scheme would be “the first of its kind” in Burnley, according to Calico, and is intended to provide specialist assisted living accommodation in a neighbourhood setting to improve quality of life and reduce isolation.
The apartments would be targeted primarily for people aged over 55 who require extra support and proximity to the hospital, but wish to maintain as much independence as possible.
Calico and Brock Carmichael are working with several partners on the project, including East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and Burnley Borough Council, which own the land; the University of Central Lancashire; Lancashire County Council, and Participation Works, a local Burnley charity that helps organisations engage children and young people in development projects.
The partners said they are currently discussing the finer details of the scheme, such as whether or not the flats should feature enclosed balconies, and the addition of bespoke design elements for residents with additional needs.
Wendy Malone, director of development at Calico Homes, said: “We are keen to include the general public in this process and will take in to account the feedback to create safe, efficient homes for those who need them.
“Although it’s still in the early stages, I look forward hearing more from local people as this project develops.”
And Michael Cosser, partner at Brock Carmichael, added: “We bring our experience in medical centres, assisting living, regeneration and placemaking to the table knowing how important this project is to Calico Homes and to the town.
“We look forward to improving housing choice, health and wellbeing with a project that everyone can be proud of.”
- Hear more from Calico Homes at the Lancashire Development Update