Former St Ives housing complex to be demolished this month

Langley Court, St Ives.

Langley Court, St Ives. - Credit: Archant

A new design for a care home will be submitted to ensure the scheme “is delivered within budget”.

Social housing provider Luminus caused uproar with residents of its Langley Court complex in St Ives, when it announced in July 2013 that the existing care home for 57 people would be demolished to make way for a £7million enhanced facility.

The housing group told the residents they needed to leave before Christmas 2013, in order for the construction to happen as soon as possible.

However, a year later, the existing building still stands.

Luminus says an archaeological dig is currently underway and it will be submitting new plans to Huntingdonshire District Council.

A spokesman said: “An archaeological investigation is currently taking place at Langley Court, St Ives. Once complete the demolition of the building will begin. We anticipate this to be in January 2015.

“A revised design, with the same number of flats as originally proposed, and the full range of extra care facilities, is being submitted to the planning authority to ensure that it is delivered within budget.

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“Former residents of Langley Court will still be given the option to move back in to the new extra-care scheme upon completion of the development.”

The new extra-care facility will be sheltered housing with care provided for those with long-standing conditions or people with disabilities that make living alone difficult, but don’t want to live in a residential care home.

Luminus said that a study by Cambridgeshire County Council showed there was a need in the area for extra-care facilities.