Burnley Council Approves £3M Elderly Sheltered Estate After Delay

Burnley Council has approved a £3 million sheltered estate of 35 bungalows for the elderly on Gannow Lane, after resolving a road maintenance dispute. Construction firm J and P Nixon Builders will begin work within two to three weeks, aiming to complete the project within six months.

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Burnley Council Approves £3M Elderly Sheltered Estate After Delay

Burnley Council Approves £3M Elderly Sheltered Estate After Delay

After a long, delayed year due to a road maintenance dispute, Burnley Council has given the green light to a £3 million sheltered estate of 35 bungalows for the elderly on Gannow Lane. Construction firm J and P Nixon Builders is set to begin work on the project within the next two to three weeks.

The development was initially approved in February 2023, but a disagreement over a Section 106 legal agreement with Lancashire County Council regarding the maintenance and management of the internal road layout stalled the project. J and P Nixon Builders would have been required to take responsibility for the roads under the original agreement.

Why this matters: This development addresses a pressing need for elderly housing in Burnley, and its approval sets a precedent for future projects that prioritize senior living. As the UK's elderly population continues to grow, initiatives like this will be crucial in providing suitable accommodations and supporting the well-being of older adults.

A resolution has now been reached with the approval of a new planning application that drops the controversial road agreement. Instead, Burnley Council has accepted J and P Nixon's management plan for the internal road network. Darrell Stockburn, a director of Avalon Town Planning, confirmed the progress, stating, "Mr Nixon is now definitely going ahead with the development. Work will start in the next two or three weeks and he hopes to have it completed within six months."

The sheltered estate will consist of 35 two-bedroom bungalows, each featuring a separate living room, kitchen, bathroom, and dining/health care room. Residents will have access to a dedicated car parking space, and the bungalows will be arranged in three terraced groups surrounding a central access road. Occupancy will be limited to those aged 55 and over.

The project has received praise from local officials, with Cllr Gordon Birtwistle expressing his delight at the development moving forward. "I am absolutely delighted. There is a desperate need for this type of development for the elderly in Burnley. Mr Nixon builds excellent properties," he said. J and P Nixon Builders have a proven track record of constructing similar developments in the Burnley area, including Weaver's Fold on the former Peel Mill site further up Gannow Lane.

With construction set to commence in the coming weeks, the £3 million sheltered estate on Gannow Lane is poised to address the pressing need for elderly housing in Burnley. The resolution of the road maintenance agreement has paved the way for J and P Nixon Builders to bring their expertise to the project, with the aim of completing the development within a six-month timeframe.

Key Takeaways

  • Burnley Council approves £3m sheltered estate for elderly on Gannow Lane.
  • 35 two-bedroom bungalows to be built, with occupancy limited to those 55+.
  • Construction to start in 2-3 weeks, with completion expected in 6 months.
  • Dispute over road maintenance resolved, allowing project to move forward.
  • Development addresses pressing need for elderly housing in Burnley.