Naming ceremony takes place for Dairy View
A new Extra Care housing development for older people in Royal Wootton Bassett has been officially named ‘Dairy View’, celebrating the history of the site.
Wiltshire Council’s cabinet member for housing Keith Humphries attended the naming ceremony on Thursday, February 26th, alongside representatives from Housing & Care 21 and construction company Bouygues UK.
The name Dairy View was chosen because the new development is situated on the former St Ivel factory site. The factory opened in 1908 and made cheese, milk, cream and yoghurt. It closed in 2003.
Keith Humphries said: “Dairy View will have a very positive impact for members of the community and wider area. The homes are lovely and I am pleased we have been able to work closely and positively with our partners to provide them.
“Older people rightly value their independence and this development will provide it in pleasant and friendly environment.”
Kris Peach, Housing & Care 21’s Director of Extra Care, said: “Dairy View is an excellent new development and it is exciting to see it reach the landmark of the official naming.
“Extra Care housing is an innovative approach that supports older people in maintaining their independence, with the assurance of having care and support services available close at hand. It also provides plenty of opportunities for residents to socialise and get involved in their community.”
Dairy View will provide 48 self-contained and modern one and two-bedroom apartments, with support and care services available on-site. These are provided according to the needs of the residents, and can include personal care and help with domestic tasks such as shopping, cleaning and ironing. The development will also offer communal facilities including a coffee bar serving hot food, hair salon, residents’ lounge and laundry room, as well as landscaped gardens. Bouygues UK, the company delivering the project, has significant experience working with a range of local authorities, care providers and housing associations to provide care and extra care facilities.
The development is located in Cloatley Crescent, close to local amenities and high street shops.
Wiltshire Council corporate director Maggie Rae said: “As a council we are committed to giving our older residents the opportunities to live as independently as possible. The new development underlines this commitment and will provide control, choice and a real sense of community for all the residents living there.”
All of the apartments in Dairy View are available to rent. Anyone interested in applying should contact Wiltshire Council on 0300 4560 104. To be eligible for an apartment, you will need to be over 55 years old and require housing-related support and / or have a social care need, as well as having a local connection to Wiltshire. Priority will be given to people with a connection to Royal Wootton Bassett itself.