Minister visits Dovecote Meadow

minister_visits_dovecote_medows.jpgYesterday (1 April) Housing Minister, Kris Hopkins MP, visited two new extra care housing developments in Sunderland, including Housing and Care 21’s Dovecote Meadow scheme.

The visit was organised by Sunderland City Council. After looking round Dovecote Meadow in Ford Estate, the minister travelled across the city to Seafarers Way in Hendon to view a new Inclusion Housing scheme where Housing and Care 21 will be providing the care service.

Both extra care housing schemes are the result of close partnership working between Sunderland City Council and private development, regeneration companies, housing and care providers.

Dovecote Meadow will create 175 mixed tenure apartments. The first two phases of development will provide 131 self contained one and two bedroom apartments, as well as community space which includes a restaurant, hairdressing salon, care shop, wellbeing suite and convenience store. The final phase, providing a further 44 one and two bedroom apartments, including some dementia specialist accommodation, will complete in the Spring of 2015.

Portfolio Holder for Health, Housing and Adult Services, Councillor Graeme Miller said: "I'm delighted to welcome the Minister to our city to see for himself the housing developments which have been made possible due to successful partnership working. 

"The extra care schemes enable older residents to live independently in their own home for longer with access to care services, social, health and wellbeing activities."