£14m health and wellbeing centre planned for Burnley

The site of a derelict hospital in Burnley is to be converted into a new health and wellbeing centre in a £14m investment programme by the Calico Group. 

The former Burnley General Hospital site on Briercliffe Road will house apartments, with 90 units of extra-care accommodation and an inclusive community hub.

The development will provide specialist assisted-living accommodation in a neighbourhood setting where health, support services and community activities can come together to improve peoples quality of life and reduce social isolation.

Lancashire County Council and Calico are working together to develop proposals around the extra care-support. East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and Burnley Council are supporting the development.

A second development phase could also build more housing units for other client groups with specialist needs and Calico is speaking to partners to identify more ways the development could potentially make a real difference to peoples lives.

Wendy Malone, director of development at Calico Homes, said: "We are delighted to be able to share these exciting new proposals for the former Burnley General Hospital site. We are committed to investment in Burnley, and this development will help to create and safeguard a significant number of jobs at a time of economic uncertainty.

"This is a brilliant opportunity to work collaboratively, providing homes and specialist services to people in a beautiful setting where they have access to everything they need and the right support on-hand."

James Maguire, director of estates and facilities at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "This is the first development of its type in the area, a hugely important project for all the stakeholders involved who all share the same aim, to serve the people of East Lancashire."

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