The site of a former Victorian building could be turned into homes for older people under fresh plans.

An independent living scheme for those aged over 55, comprising up to 24 apartments for social or affordable rent, is set to be be built on the site of The Elms in Whitefield, subject to council approval.

The building is a long-term disused council-owned brownfield site, which is located within a well-established residential area.

It was occupied by a Victorian building of five flats, which had fallen into significant disrepair and had lain empty for five years.

A condition survey was undertaken in October 2021 by consultants who confirmed that reinstatement/refurbishment costs were unviable, and demolition was the best option.

It was finally demolished in December last year.

The council’s cabinet, when it meets next Wednesday, March 13, is being asked to approve proposals to seek a developer to build the new homes.

Cllr Clare Cummins, cabinet member for housing services, said: “Across Bury, we need to ensure we have a variety of accommodation to meet the needs of all residents and household sizes.

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“However, there is an increasing shortage of independent living schemes for older people, an age group which will increase significantly in the coming years, and high levels of need for affordable housing.

“This scheme would be an excellent use of turning a brownfield site into much-needed housing, which would enable older people to live independently in Bury for as long as possible.

“It would also bring considerable benefits in health and community care, and substantial savings on the council’s adult social care budgets as residents would not have to access help outside of our borough.”