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Former care home now looks to 2015 for refurb

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 03, 2014

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WORK on the redevelopment of a former care home complex is now not set to start until the middle of 2015.

Members of Repton Parish Council revealed that it had learned through discussions with Derbyshire County Council that the former Dales care home in Repton will see no progress until April next year at the earliest.

Council chiefs are still in the process of drawing up a ‘viable business case’ for the Fisher Close and that work was still ‘ongoing’.

A spokesman for the parish council said: “We have written to the county council expressing dismay and disappointment with the lack of progress to redevelop The Dales.

“We have now been advised that work is unlikely to begin before April 2015, an even greater delay.”

Council chiefs had previously told the Mail that the former care home is being left to become a ‘decaying eyesore’ while a decision being made regarding its future.

The care home is to be demolished, with up to 50 ‘extra care’ apartments set to be put in its place.

The plans have been in the pipeline for more than a year, but people in the village are frustrated by the delay, after the home closed in 2012.

Chris Jerram, vice-chairman of Repton Parish Council, said: “We were told last year that we should not be looking at a derelict building in 12 months time.”

The parish council was critical of the decision to close The Dales, in Fisher Close, which came about due to the opening of the new Oakland Village care facility, in Swadlincote.

A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council said: “The building is due for demolition and the site would potentially be used for the extra care scheme which is the proposed replacement.

“We are currently working with our partners to develop the designs for the extra care scheme.

“We have been working with South Derbyshire District Council on the initial plans for the scheme, but we will not be able to submit for planning approval until the review of the accommodation care and support strategy currently being undertaken by the new administration at the council is complete.”

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