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Belong Birkdale – Pozzoni (2)

Planning approval has been given for a development in Birkdale, Southport run by care village specialists Belong.

The site, which has been designed by architect Pozzoni, will provide accommodation for more than 100 elderly people, including those living with dementia.

Emma Tanti, associate at Pozzoni and project lead on the Belong Birkdale scheme, said: “We have extensive experience in dementia-friendly design and best practice principles will be used throughout. Simple design elements can make a big difference for people living with dementia to better understand their environment and help maintain their independence.

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“Belong Birkdale will be non-institutional in design, offering a vibrant and welcoming environment which will become a real asset not just to older people in the area, but the wider community too.”

Go ahead for the scheme was granted following an appeal by planning support business Mosaic Town Planning after an initial refusal in March 2016 over concerns of a possible impact on heritage buildings.

The development will be made up of six households across three floors, where 24-hour support is provided in small-scale, home-like environments. A four-storey adjoining wing will offer 30 one and two bedroom independent living apartments.

A bistro, hair salon, exercise studio and village hall will also be included in the village centre, and will be accessible to residents as well as the local community.

Tracy Paine, operations director at Belong, said: “We are delighted that the appeal has been successful. We fully expect that Belong Birkdale will quickly prove a real asset to the local community, offering drop-in services and a vibrant programme of activities for local people, as well as more intensive support for those who need it.”

Work is expected to start on site by the end of the year.

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