Green light for 20 supported-living apartments in Ilkeston despite concerns over privacy and security

Plans for 20 supported-living apartments in Ilkeston have been approved by councillors.
Plans for 20 supported-living apartments in Ilkeston have been approved by councillors.

Plans for 20 supported-living apartments in Ilkeston have been approved by councillors.

The proposals, which would sit alongside the existing Sure Start Centre in Beauvale Drive, had been put forward by Greater Manchester firm HB Villages Developments Ltd.

Erewash borough councillors voted last night to approval the plans which would see four separate blocks built on the site of a former BMX track.

The scheme’s occupants will be adults with disabilities aiming to live more independently. Staff would be on hand to give them assistance.

Coun Danny Treacy said: “I think it is an absolutely wonderful project.

“Bringing mental health workers into the community like this is great, and they have put a design together that doesn’t look like a block of flats. It would really fit in.”

Coun Valerie Clare said: “It is a service that we should welcome. It will help people who are struggling with their own situations and will help them to live independently.

“I wish it every success.”

One of the four apartment buildings will be two-storey and the rest will be one storey.

Parking spaces for 23 vehicles will be provided, along with a scooter-store for residents.

There will also be a communal garden.

Some residents, as well as the Sure Start Centre and Cotmanhay Junior School raised concerns about the proposal.

They felt that privacy and security would be negatively affected, along with highway safety fears for school children passing through the area.

Some found the plans “tall and imposing” and felt that an abandoned building or other sites should be considered instead.

The developers have agreed to pay £6,000 for open space improvements in the area and the scheme would be restricted to adult occupants to restrict any impact on local schools, which would have led to calls for a further financial contribution.

Eddie Bisknell , Local Democracy Reporting Service