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Briercliffe sheltered housing scheme to close

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A Calico-run sheltered housing scheme in Burnley is to close and residents moved to new accommodation nearby.

Royal Court in Briercliffe will close next year as Calico Homes bosses decided too much work was needed to modernise the outdated block.

Calico initially decided five years ago to modernise the heating, kitchens and bedrooms and review in five years. But following further consultations, the Calico Homes Board has approved a plan to move the residents to better accommodation as the best option in the long term.

Calico chief executive Anthony Duerden said: “The residents of Royal Court have been fully involved regarding their options, which include moving to new, high-quality accommodation in our Primrose Mill development nearby.

“We understand that there will always be concerns regarding any move for older people, which is why we will be providing the residents with as much support as they need and assisting them through the process of moving to their preferred new home. They will be fully involved in planning what happens over the next 12 months. There has been a low demand for the type of accommodation available at Royal Court in recent years. The layout is not ideal and many of the rooms are too small. Significant building works would be needed to achieve the standards that residents deserve and any such work would involve major disruption.”

Accommodation at Primrose Mill will be ready during the summer of 2015, so it will be over 12 months before there is a need for anybody to move. No decision has been made on the future of the site as yet and Calico has said it will consult with the local community on any proposals before a decision is made.

 

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