Plans for £4.3 million extra care scheme

Plans are due to be submitted for a £4.3 million new extra care scheme for older people in Richmond.

The scheme, which will replace an existing sheltered housing scheme and Richmond House Elderly Persons' Home will be built in Lile Close.  It will be developed by Housing 21 in partnership with
Richmondshire District Council and North Yorkshire County Council.  The new development will provide a genuine alternative to residential care, giving residents their own home in a communal scheme with 24 hour care and support services should they need them.

The development will provide two bedroom apartments, some of which will be available to purchase on a shared ownership basis with others available to rent.

Each apartment will be designed for wheelchair access and will have its own sitting room, fully fitted kitchen, walk-in shower and non-slip flooring to the kitchen and bathroom.  An on-site team will provide care and support, tailored to meet individual needs. Communal facilities will include a lounge, restaurant, hairdressing salon and landscaped gardens.  A learning disability support base will also operate from the scheme.

County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, Executive Member for North Yorkshire County Council's Adult and Community Services added: "Extra Care developments are tremendous assets to the communities in which they sit.  The wonderful facilities can be used by everyone in the area and they soon become great hubs for activities and socialising.  People who live in Extra Care benefit from living in their own home with care available to them if and when they require it."

Richmondshire District Councillors Clive World and John Robinson said: "We are looking forward to working with Housing 21 and the District Council to enable the present residents of Lile Close to come back to the new building in the future which will give the

m a better quality of life, and also in years to come for residents of Richmond to have somewhere in the town centre where they will be well looked after."

The £4.3 million scheme has achieved funding from the Homes and Communities Agency and North Yorkshire County Council. Richmondshire District Council is contributing the land.

Subject to planning permission, work will start early in the New Year and the project is expected to complete by March, 2011. The building contractor will be fhm (Frank Haslam Milan) and the architect is Langtry Langton.