Topping out celebration for new extra care scheme
An exciting new housing scheme in Settle was ‘topped out’ last week when the project partners helped with the laying of tiles on the nearly completed roof. Representatives of Housing 21, North Yorkshire County Council, Craven District Council, the Home and communities Agency and Keepmoat joined to celebrate the key milestone in the development of Limestone View, a 50 apartment extra care scheme for older people.
Siobhan Moore, Head of Development - Commissioning for Housing 21 said: "We’re very excited to reach the ‘topping out’ phase for this delightful development, which has been specifically designed to meet the needs of older residents. Care and support services will be available to residents on an individual basis, enabling them to live as independent a life as possible with choice and dignity.”
Limestone View, which is being provided as part of Housing 21’s Approved Development Programme with the Homes and Communities Agency, will provide 50 one and two bedroom apartments with options for rent or purchase. The £6.7 million scheme will also be home to the new Settle library and Registrars’ office as well as housing a variety of other community facilities, including a restaurant/cafe, lounge, wellbeing suite with memory clinic, hair and beauty salon and a care shop.
“We are very proud of this beautiful scheme”, said County Councillor Clare Wood, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Health and Adult Services, “which enables our older residents to live in the heart of their community while having access to the care and support they need. Extra Care is regarded by the County Council as the way ahead; the best model for providing older people with a home of their own in locations with which they are familiar but with the benefit of 24-hour-a-day support where needed.
“Extra Care also represents the best in partnership working with the County and Borough councils working together with housing associations and building contractors to create state-of-the-art facilities with community resources. “
Lead member of Craven District Council, Richard Foster, says: “I am pleased to see this housing scheme providing homes for our growing elderly population. The availability of adequate housing in our communities is of vital importance. This development will help Settle to remain a vibrant town and sustain economic development.”
The scheme, which replaces a former residential care home, has received grant funding from North Yorkshire County Council and the Homes and Communities Agency. It is due for completion at the end of August, 2014.
Abdul A. Ravat, Area Manager at the Homes and Communities Agency said:
“This scheme provides high quality homes for older local people in an area where the cost of houses is often too high for many residents. The excellent community facilities will ensure that the 50 apartments remain are at the heart of the community. Our investment of £900,000 has helped make a real difference for the local community and it is fantastic to see the last of the building work completed."
“I am pleased to see this housing scheme providing homes for our growing elderly population. The availability of adequate housing in our communities is of vital importance. This development will help Settle to remain a vibrant town and sustain economic development, says Richard Foster,” Lead member of Craven District Council.
Martin Smithurst, Regional Managing Director at regeneration specialist Keepmoat, which is building the scheme, said: “It’s great that we have reached this milestone in the development of this exciting scheme.
“Limestone View will bring many benefits, not just to the residents but also to the wider community in Settle, so we are delighted to be working with our partners on this development.”
Further information on the apartments for sale can be obtained from Housing 21’s Sales Team on 0345 608 4021, and for rented apartments from the Lettings Team on 0345 606 6363.