Detailed plans revealed for £4.5m project to redevelop former care home as dementia-friendly flats

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 6 Mar 2018

Detailed plans for the £4.5 million redevelopment of a former care home in Scunthorpe as new flats have been revealed.

It comes ahead of a consultation event this week where proposals to turn the site into a dementia care scheme of 25 two-bed flats with communal space will be discussed.

The Warwick Road site, formerly known as The Lilacs, is owned by North Lincolnshire Council, which is working with Ongo Homes on the redevelopment plans as a joint venture.

As part of the plans, Ongo would own and manage the new properties to be created on the site in what would be the first dementia-friendly housing scheme in North Lincolnshire.

Its aim is to enable people with dementia to live independently with the support they need.

Drawings showing what the development could look like have been released by the council and will also be on show at the consultation event, which will be held at East Common Lane Community Centre from 3pm to 6pm on Thursday.

A plan of the proposed dementia-friendly housing earmarked for the former care home on Warwick Road in Scunthorpe (Image: North Lincolnshire Council)

Council leader Rob Waltham said: "A key priority for us is to enable more people to live independently in their own homes. This means supporting people to live in a community that understands their needs.

"We are keeping our promise to work with Ongo to deliver a new care facility to meet the complex needs of providing care.

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"With this development, residents will have support available to them on site should they need it.

A plan showing the layout of a flat in the proposed new dementia-friendly housing scheme(Image: North Lincolnshire Council)

"This major investment will help prevent residents from feeling lonely and isolated as there will be others with similar needs living in the nearby apartments with facilities close by."

Letters inviting local residents to the consultation event have been sent and all are welcome to drop in at any time between 3pm and 6pm.

As well as the plans being on display, there will also be a chance to ask questions and find out more about the scheme.

A plan showing the site of the proposed dementia-friendly housing development (Image: North Lincolnshire Council)

Ongo development manager Martin Phillips said: "This event will be an opportunity for local residents to come along and chat to staff about the proposed plans for these brand new homes to be built.

"These are much needed dementia friendly homes for North Lincolnshire and this will be the first scheme of its kind in our area, so we are really keen to get local people on board and hear their opinions and thoughts about our plans so far."

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