Construction to begin on Blackburn care home

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Construction is set to begin of a 92-flat care home in Blackburn following a two-year delay.

The project on the site of the former Albion Mill, which includes 63 one-bed rooms and 29 two-bed rooms with support for people living with dementia, was given planning permission in September 2014, the Lancashire Telegraph reports.

Developer Verum Victum Healthcare has said that it will proceed with the 18-month project in partnership with Inclusion Housing provided the council agrees to fund housing benefit for elderly occupants, nominate residents of the new building and share the financial risks involved in unoccupied units in the short-term.

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Borough health and adult social care boss, Cllr Mustafa Desai, who has recommended the proposals, said:  “Verum Victum have now confirmed that they are committed to building the scheme, with no development capital subsidy from the council at their own risk, provided the council will cover the housing benefit, nominations agreement and void costs from the handover date to the scheme becoming full (which take up to six months).”

The scheme follows the council’s recent decision to close four care homes.

Further developments are planned at Shorey Bank in Darwen and on the site of the former War Memorial Wing of Blackburn Royal Infirmary.

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