Celebration marks official launch of Limestone View
Residents have celebrated the official opening of an affordable extra care housing scheme for older people in Settle.
Residents and staff at Limestone View were joined by representatives from North Yorkshire County Council and the developer as they celebrated the scheme’s official opening.
Limestone View is comprised of 50 self-contained one and two-bedroom apartments with support and care services on site and communal facilities including a restaurant, salon and wellbeing suite. All apartments are available at affordable rent or shared ownership.
The development was built by Keepmoat on behalf of Housing & Care 21 at a cost of £6.2m in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council. It received a Homes & Communities Agency grant of £900k and a local authority grant of £1m.
“This is an exciting development for Settle and the communities surrounding the town,” said County Councillor Clare Wood, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health Integration.
“The scheme includes open-plan apartments, different locking systems and décor colours and textures to aid memory and reflect the local community. It also includes a sensory room on a domestic theme to help people reminisce.
“High-quality Extra Care provision, such as this, gives people what they say they want – to live independently in their own homes, with more choice and control over their support, so they can remain part of their local communities for longer.”
Kris Peach, our director of extra care, said: “We’re delighted to officially launch our second extra care development in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council, following the launch of Meadowfields in Thirsk last year.
“Extra care apartments allow older people to maintain their independence, socialise with others and be part of a community as well as have access to flexible care facilities on site should they need them.
“Limestone View brings a mix of accommodation for elderly people to the area and continues the excellent partnership we have with North Yorkshire County Council to provide much-needed affordable housing.”
Martin Smithurst, regional managing director at Keepmoat, said: “It’s great to be able to celebrate the opening of Limestone View with the new residents and our partners.
“This project is a fantastic example of high quality older people’s housing. We are extremely proud of the completed scheme, and we hope the new residents will enjoy living at Limestone View.”
Limestone View has been designed to meet the needs of all older people with each flat designed to full mobility standard. All homes have level access showers and access from the bedroom directly to the bathroom.
The county council is planning an extra care scheme for every major town in North Yorkshire. The expansion of the multi-million pound programme is part of the county council’s ambitions for 2020 and beyond. Six organisations have been chosen to work in partnership with the county council to build new schemes across the county.
The county council has recently gone out to tender for a new extra care scheme in the Boroughbridge area and will be issuing further tenders for schemes in other areas over the next 18 months.
For more information or to apply to live at Limestone View visit www.northyorks.gov.uk/extracare