New Sandwell housing scheme gets underway

A groundbreaking ceremony was held this week to mark the start of work on a new Housing 21 extra care housing scheme for older people in West Bromwich.

Guests from Housing 21, Sandwell Council and Thomas Vale joined together in turning the earth to mark the start of construction on the 81 unit extra care scheme, which is being built on land between Dial Lane
and Ebenezer Street.

The new development will provide one and two bedroom apartments for people aged 55 and over as well as a restaurant, activity rooms and hairdressing salon. Apartments will be available either for affordable
rent or purchase on a shared ownership basis.

Julia Godwin, Development Programme Manager for Housing 21 said: “I’m delighted to see work start on Housing 21’s third extra care scheme in the borough. As with our other extra care developments, residents
will be able to enjoy independent living in self-contained apartments along with access to care and support tailored to individual need.”

The apartments will have fully fitted kitchens and level access shower rooms along with an emergency alarm system. Residents will also benefit from assisted bathrooms, a guest suite that can be used by family
and friends and a fully equipped laundry room.

Sandwell Council Leader, Councillor Darren Cooper, said: "This is the latest in a series of extra care housing projects in Sandwell. I am very proud that, working with partners such as Housing 21, we are
providing high-quality accommodation like this, which offers increased choice and independence for local older people as well as new facilities open to the whole community."

The £7.2 million development is being built with funding from the council and the Homes and Communities Agency. Housing 21 operates two other extra care schemes in Sandwell - Queensridge Court in Oldbury and
Goldfield Court in West Bromwich.