New multi-million pound care home and sheltered housing planned for Cotmanhay

Derbyshire County Council has submitted its proposals for the former Ormiston Academy site, off Bennerley Avenue, which closed eight years ago.
Derbyshire County Council has submitted its proposals for the former Ormiston Academy site, off Bennerley Avenue, which closed eight years ago.

A council has submitted plans for a multi-million-pound scheme for a new care home and sheltered housing in Cotmanhay.

Derbyshire County Council has submitted its proposals for the former Ormiston Academy site, off Bennerley Avenue, which closed eight years ago.

Derbyshire County Council has submitted its proposals for the former Ormiston Academy site, off Bennerley Avenue, which closed eight years ago.

Derbyshire County Council has submitted its proposals for the former Ormiston Academy site, off Bennerley Avenue, which closed eight years ago.

If the authority approves its own plans later this year, the development would take two years to build and provide 49 jobs.

The project would cost in the region of £15 million.

The new care home would replace the existing Hazelwood Home for Older People, on Skeavingtons Lane, half a mile away from the proposed site.

Hazelwood requires hefty repairs, costed at around £3 million, and the council’s total budget for care home repairs across its 22 sites is only £4 million.

Staff at Hazelwood would be transferred to the new development.

As part of the scheme, the council would replace a public football pitch on the site, which sits next to the Erewash Canal, close to the Bennerley Viaduct.

The authority described the football pitch as ‘poor quality’.

A decision on the plans will be made later this year.

Last summer, the Local Democracy Reporting Service revealed that the council had spent £1.2 million on an architect and cost consultant for the scheme.

Meanwhile, it also said that architectural services from a design team were “likely” to cost the council more than £500,000.

The overall scheme would include a 40-bed care home, 66 extra care apartments (30 one-bed, 36 two-bed) and 18 two-bedroom extra care bungalows.

If approved, the scheme would also include a cafe, salon, allotment and an extensive landscaped garden area along the eastern side of the site, next to the canal.

In total, the site would have 143 parking spaces, including 18 for motorbikes and 15 for light goods vehicles.

The county council had proposed the closure of Hazelwood in 2017 due to the required levels of repairs but families of residents and members of the public tried to keep it open.

More than 3,800 people signed a petition to keep the care home from closing and were successful, prompting the council to keep Hazelwood open until a replacement was built.

A report from the county council, submitted with its application, says: “The imminent closure of Hazelwood Care Home means that a 40-bedroom care centre is required to rehome the residents and ensure the future provision of specialist elderly care in the local area for years to come. 

“The population of Ilkeston as a whole is statistically older than the national average. 

“In response to this, good-quality housing provision for the elderly is highly important for the long-term sustainability of the community. 

“The proposed integrated care centre and extra care accommodation contributes to this local need by providing a range of supportive and well serviced dwellings at the heart of a new community hub.

“Ilkeston, and in particular Cotmanhay, has suffered from underinvestment in recent years and has higher levels of social deprivation than the national average. 

“The proposed development offers new community facilities and high-quality residences for local people that encourage a vibrant space with job opportunities which will be good for the local economy.”

Eddie Bisknell , Local Democracy Reporting Service