taken from a report in the Plymouth Herald by reporter Nicola Tapp
and published on the "This
is" Web site. 26 September 2007.
Residents of Liskeard have been given the chance to view outline
plans for a proposed 'extra care village' on the site of the town's
former Passmore Edwards Hospital.Caradon District Council is working
with Sarsen Housing Association, Cornwall County Council and the
local Primary Care Trust with the aim of transforming the derelict
hospital into a much-needed alternative to residential care.
The plan is to redevelop the existing hospital and construct another
building alongside it to provide 34 two-bed flats and 21 one-bed
flats for single people and couples. Forty-eight of the flats will
be available for rent, and a further seven for sale.
A full planning application is due to be submitted by the end of
October and, if granted, a bid for funding will then be submitted
to the Housing Corporation.
Most of the residents who attended Monday's meeting at Liskeard
Public Hall expressed positive views about the redevelopment. Mrs
Rowe, aged 88, who has lived in Liskeard all her life, said: "It's
part of Liskeard. "Passmore Edwards has done so much for the
community. "I'm just glad they're not pulling the original
hospital down. "I owe my life to the hospital after suffering
appendicitis at the age of 16." Another resident, Mrs Joyce
Jokic, said: "I think it's brilliant - and well situated nearer
the town. "It looks very good so far."
Christopher Lunn, affordable housing manager for Caradon District
Council, said: "Unquestionably there's a need for care for
the elderly in Caradon, as there's no other facility like this available
If the £8.4million redevelopment is approved, work is expected
to start early in the summer of 2008, with completion by the end