Chorley Borough Council Planning Committee have voted to approve the development of a new Extra Care village in Fleet Street Long Stay car park within the town centre. The development includes 65 extra-care flats to current AD Part M2 standards, a café restaurant and a replacement sprung floor dance hall. The scheme straddles Chorley’s historic Victorian housing areas and its commercial centre, placing residents close to the amenities and facilities the town has to offer. The buildings commercial café and dance hall have a public frontage onto Fleet Street inviting visitors into the building. The residential areas are designed around a central green courtyard garden and the scheme offers sensory gardens, allotments and a variety of habitat areas for residents to enjoy. Brewster Bye Architects have worked closely with Chorley Borough Council and Eric Wright Construction Ltd to develop the proposals from the strategic brief stage to the current approved proposals. The scheme is to be part funded by the government’s HCA (Homes and Communities Agency) who insisted the development be designed to meet its ‘HAPPI’ principles. Dementia care will also be provided on site via specialist providers. A HCA spokesman described the development as one of the best extra care schemes currently considered for funding in the north of England. Work will begin on site in September 2016 with the development due to open in early 2019.