Going going almost gone - big update on Edenside

Profile: Oaklea, 07th Sep, 2018

The Oaklea Trust is pleased to announce that its offer to purchase the former Edenside care home in the Eden Valley has been accepted by Cumbria County Council and hopes to exchange contracts within eight weeks.

Oaklea is delighted that after many months of negotiations the property will be finally owned by the charity.

Edenside, in Holme Street in Appleby, was previously a residential care home for the elderly and has remained unoccupied since Storm Desmond in December 2015.

The Oaklea Trust, a Cumbrian registered charity, is keen to return the property as a community asset to Appleby and its residents. Oaklea’s vision is to develop the site into extra care housing for local elderly people. The development costs are significant in order to ensure the construction specification is sufficient to mitigate any future flood risks.

“We have made a grant application to Eden District Council’s Community Housing Fund to help with some of the development costs” says Oaklea’s CEO Clive Wigley. “The application is being considered by the District Council in November and we are hoping the application will be successful, as the anticipated development costs are extremely high.”

Eden District Council is seeking further evidence that the local community need such provision and Oaklea will be consulting the community further as the project progresses.

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