£8m housing scheme to launch

Some of the proposed homes at Wansbeck House
Some of the proposed homes at Wansbeck House

A major sheltered housing scheme in Fleetwood will get under way before the end of the year – and will cost around £8m, it has been revealed.

Homes provider Regenda Housing’s ambitious project to triple the size of Wansbeck House in Chatsworth Avenue will take around 18 months to finish.

Coun Roger Berry

Coun Roger Berry

Coun Roger Berry from Wyre Council said: “This development will provide 72 apartments for older people in need of support and care, and is due to start before the end of the year.

“Regenda’s regional director is working with the Construction Industry and Training Board (CITB) to ensure training and apprenticeship opportunities are created for young people.”

The site currently provides 25 flats for older people under a scheme known as Extra Care. Regenda, one of the north west’s largest independent housing associations, will replace the existing building and provide more modern facilities with 72 flats, therapy rooms, a lounge, and function rooms.

The brand new building will be staffed by an on-site care team and is part of an extensive regeneration scheme on Fleetwood’s West View estate, aimed at improving life for residents.

It’s exciting and it’s the gateway to our housing estate

It had previously been confirmed the scheme, in partnership with Wyre Council, Lancashire County Council, and the Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), would cost a ‘substantial’ amount of money.

A Regenda spokesman said: “We will start demolishing the existing site around the end of November or start of December, and we are expecting building work to start in the new year.

“It’s a big scheme, it’s exciting, and it’s the gateway to our housing estate.

“We are very much looking forward to this project.”

Not everybody was happy with the proposals though, which have been given the planning green light and funding.

Some 30 letters of objection from residents of nearby The Croft were presented to planners, citing concerns over disruption caused by any building work.

Regenda is also working with the council to bring empty homes back into use, with five targeted for next year.