New sheltered housing apartments to be built on John Aird House site
Shut-down care home to be demolished for new flats
Plans have been announced to build 43 sheltered housing apartments on the site of John Aird House, the respite care and residential care home for elderly people that was shut earlier this year.
Housing association Housing 21 will build 32 1 bedroom sheltered apartments and 12 two bedroom apartments on the site, which will also contain a medical facility, social areas for residents and areas available for use by outside voluntary organisations. Hounslow Council have donated the land to the housing association as part of the financing scheme.
of the 1970-built care home was mired in controversy. Solicitor Yvonne
Hossack tried to prevent the closure in court, citing evidence that moving
people from care homes elsewhere in the country had dramatically reduced
their health and, in some cases, contributed to their deaths. However
her attempts were unsuccessful and the last residents moved out early
in the year.
Plans for the new building - called Brentford Lodge on the planning application - are now with Hounslow Council. Councillors expect construction to begin in early 2005, with the first residents moving into the apartment in 2006.
29 Nov 2004
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