45 flats for OAPs with dementia to be built in Brighton

The Argus: Brooke Mead. Picture taken from Google Streetview. Brooke Mead. Picture taken from Google Streetview.

A development of 45 flats offering 24-hour social care support for vulnerable older people has been given the go-ahead.

Brighton and Hove City Council's planning committee has approved the extra care housing scheme in Albion Street, Brighton, which will ensure those with dementia can maintain their independence.

It will rise from the site of Brooke Mead, an outdated block of former council accommodation, which will be demolished.

The decision was approved by councillors last week despite opposition from a handful of local residents.

Councillor Phelim MacCafferty, chairman of the council's planning committee, said: “It is a crucially important development for the city.

“We have to take seriously the needs of the growing ageing population and the population with dementia.

“This is housing which is desperately needed and will be well used. I hope it is well loved too.”

The development is being led by the council's housing team with backing from its adult social care team.

It won nearly £2.5million of government funding for the development earlier this year.

Demolition of the existing building is due to start early next year, with residents moving in during 2015.

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9:02am Thu 19 Dec 13

HJarrs says...

I wondered what was to become of Brooke Meade. A sensible and desperately needed development and a location easy to get to by public transport from all over the city. The Victoria Gardens area remodelling will give the residents that are able to, a pleasant park to enjoy.
I wondered what was to become of Brooke Meade. A sensible and desperately needed development and a location easy to get to by public transport from all over the city. The Victoria Gardens area remodelling will give the residents that are able to, a pleasant park to enjoy. HJarrs

9:37am Thu 19 Dec 13

shining star says...

What a great idea. This certainly makes a change from building more student flats. I have always thought, B & H C.C could free up a lot more larger family homes in Brighton by building new housing e.g. flats for the older generation over 50's. People would chant, "oh no, that only ghettos people" but, however, the idea of living in a louder environment is what puts older people off moving from their houses. It simply doesn't usually work, younger people live louder, nothing wrong with that, we all did, and older people want a bit of quiet especially at night. Free up the houses for young families, but, give us decent homes to encourage the move.
What a great idea. This certainly makes a change from building more student flats. I have always thought, B & H C.C could free up a lot more larger family homes in Brighton by building new housing e.g. flats for the older generation over 50's. People would chant, "oh no, that only ghettos people" but, however, the idea of living in a louder environment is what puts older people off moving from their houses. It simply doesn't usually work, younger people live louder, nothing wrong with that, we all did, and older people want a bit of quiet especially at night. Free up the houses for young families, but, give us decent homes to encourage the move. shining star

2:22pm Thu 19 Dec 13

downbythesea says...

Well done, a great use for this site, I can't imagine what the moaners were complaining about given that they might need those exact facilities later on in life.

Perhaps they should be made to sign something to say that they won't use them in future, as they are against them!? Just a thought!
Well done, a great use for this site, I can't imagine what the moaners were complaining about given that they might need those exact facilities later on in life. Perhaps they should be made to sign something to say that they won't use them in future, as they are against them!? Just a thought! downbythesea

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