Site tests are set to begin soon on one of Regenda Housing group’s most ambitious sheltered housing schemes in Fleetwood.
The homes provider is to triple the size of Wansbeck House, on Chatsworth Avenue, and has already received planning approval from Wyre Council and the funding green light for the scheme.
At present, the site provides 25 flats for older people, under a scheme known as Extra Care.
Regenda, one of the North West’s largest independent housing associations, is now set to replace the existing building and provide a more modern facility with 72 flats, therapy rooms, a lounge and function rooms.
Regenda does not wish to disclose the exact amount which the total scheme will cost, but confirmed it was a “substantial” amount.
Although the site tests are imminent, the current building will not be demolished until October.
A Regenda spokesman said: “Our ambitious plans to replace Wansbeck House are moving forward, however the most important thing to remember is that the building is still occupied and our first priority is the residents who remain.
“We are working closely with those residents to ensure they are all suitably re-housed.
“Although some site tests are likely to begin in the next few weeks, it is unlikely that demolition will begin until October of this year.”
The brand new building will be staffed by an on-site care team.
Not everyone is happy with the proposals, with 30 letters of objection from residents of nearby The Croft presented to planners.
They cited concerns over disruption caused by any building work, and one resident expressed concern over the disruption to Wansbeck House residents.
However, the Regenda spokesman previously stated that the needs of the existing 15 residents of Wansbeck House were of paramount importance.
He said: “They are aware of the proposals, and Regenda will continue to liaise closely with them as the plans proceed.
“The replacement building will be designed to continue providing valuable care for elderly people in the community and would complement the surroundings.”