Planning approved for Bedworth extra care
Planning permission has been granted (subject to Section 106 agreement) for a new extra care development in Bedworth. The scheme, which will provide 74 apartments and 11 bungalows for older people, will be built in a partnership between Housing 21, Warwickshire County Council and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.
Apartments at the development, to be built on the site of the former Griff School in Hurst Road, will be available for rent, shared ownership and outright sale. They will be available to local people over the age of 55 with a care and support need and will be advertised via the borough council’s Choice Based Lettings scheme.
Kris Peach, regional operations director for Housing 21 said: “We are delighted to have been given the go-ahead on this new extra care development and look forward to working with our council partners in delivering this scheme.”
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care, said: “We are delighted to be involved, both from a social care perspective and as providers of the land, in this fantastic project which will give older generations the opportunity to live independently and safely in their own homes in the heart of the local community. I have particularly welcomed the keen interest that Dan Byles MP has shown in this scheme.”
The new development, which was designed by architects Glancy Nicholls and will be constructed by Willmott Dixon, will also provide a residents’ lounge, dining room, buggy store, assisted bathing, hairdressing salon, wellbeing suite, hobby room, guest suite, care shop, staff facilities and extensive gardens. Some of the facilities, such as the hairdressing salon and dining room, will be accessible to the local community.
The work will be carried out by Willmott Dixon’s Midlands-based office, where chief operating officer Charlie Scherer said: “This will really make a difference to the provision of state-of-the-art extra care housing in Bedworth, providing highly specialised, quality living space with 24/7 on site care where needed for older people across the county. It will also help support local communities by keeping people together and bringing new jobs and amenities to these areas.
“We’re delighted to be working with Housing 21, Warwickshire County Council and Nuneaton and Bedworth Council and look forward to applying the expertise and know-how from many years of building extra care homes to this exciting new project.”
Extra Care housing enables older people to live independent lives with their own apartments but with help on hand, tailored to individual need. Housing 21 is also working on an extra care scheme in Warwick. Known as Rohan Gardens, that development will be ready in the Spring of 2013.
The new development in Bedworth is one in a programme of new schemes that Housing 21 will be developing across Warwickshire with part funding from the Homes & Communities Agency. Housing 21, a leading provider of housing, care and health services for older people will also be delivering the care service at the schemes.