BAXENDEN residents were given the opportunity to question developers over controversial plans to convert an old folk’s home.
Representatives from care company Wharfdale, which wants to create 100 one and two bedroom ‘extra care’ flats for the elderly, answered tough questions fired at them by concerned members of the community.
At last Thursday’s meeting, residents, who were shown artist’s impressions of the scheme, were concerned with the height of the new building.
Wharfdale is in negotiation with Hyndburn Council’s planning department to erect a six-storey building on the site of the old Hill Top Nursing Home.
Baxenden ward councillor John Griffiths said: “There was a really good turnout. Right from the start we had around 30 people interested in talking to the developers. The developers were really shocked at the turnout, as they said normally consultations like this only attract a handfull of people.”
At the consultation, held at Baxenden Primary School, the developers explained that the complex would be a mixture of one and two bedroom homes, with living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms and wheelchair access and would be a mix of owner-occupied and rented accommodation.
They stated that the apartment owners would have to meet certain criteria such as age, dependency and medical condition.
The guide price for a one bedroom apartment is £140,000, which residents felt was very expensive.
On top of this, there will be a monthly service charge of approximately £380 for extra services
Councillor Griffiths, said: “A lot of interested residents thought they may not have been able to afford the service charge. The maintenance charge does seem a lot but it will provide residents with the extra care they may need and an alternative to moving into a nursing home.”
Residents were assured the apartments would become part of their estate when they died and could be left to their dependants.
The plans will go before Hyndburn councillors in the new year.