The next phase of an innovative multi-million pound project to deliver improved independent supported living provision across Leeds has been given the go ahead.
Planning permission has been granted for an extra care scheme to be built in Seacroft and forms part of Leeds City Council’s £30 million housing programme to construct over 1,000 new homes by 2028.
Developed by Home Group, one of the UK’s largest providers of high-quality housing, health and social care, the service in Seacroft Crescent is being designed to maximise the independence of people requiring on-going care and support, such as those with health conditions and older people.
Teresa Snaith, Head of Development for Supported at Home Group, said: “This is the second of four sites we’re working with the council to deliver and we’re delighted to be able to provide further specialist housing for people across Leeds.
“Home Group has a long history in building supported services and delivering care, and we work hard to ensure the environments we create are designed to maximise independence for those that live in them.
“We want residents to remain active for longer, be less isolated and feel empowered to do the things they love. Our services also encourage engagement with the local community, including the creation of shared facilities and amenities that everyone can enjoy.
“Given the current situation with coronavirus, it’s important to mention that all apartments will also be independent and self-contained.”
Extra care housing is primarily for people who have care and support needs as well as housing need. It helps to alleviate social isolation through access to shared facilities, dining and activities, and provides on-site and 24/7 emergency or unplanned care – an additional feature that differentiates it from other forms of retirement living.
The scheme is being delivered as a partnership between Home Group, Leeds City Council and developer Morgan Sindall Later Living. Planning and design consultancy, Barton Willmore provided expert support to secure planning permission for the site. The Leeds-based team is supporting Morgan Sindall to deliver up to 1,000 extra care homes across the city.
Councillor Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council’s Executive Member for Communities, said: “Extra care housing is extremely popular as it offers tailored accommodation and individual support needs to older people. There’s a critical shortage of this housing and I’m delighted that this new programme will help towards achieving our target of 1,000 extra care homes across the city by 2028, enabling us to continue to support some of our most vulnerable of residents.”
Councillor Rebecca Charlwood, Leeds City Council’s Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Adults, adds: “With work on the first scheme in West Ardsley progressing well, I’m delighted work has now started on this second site in Seacroft. It’s an extremely positive scheme and I look forward to monitoring its overall progress in the months and years ahead.”
Laurence Basturkmen, managing director of Morgan Sindall Later Living, said: “Developing purpose built housing which can maximise independence and reduce feelings of isolation is essential for enhancing the wellbeing of older people, and this development in Seacroft will achieve just that.
“Over recent weeks, many of us will have experienced some element of social isolation and the challenges that come with it. The value of feeling part of a community is evident now more than ever, and we hope that schemes such as Seacroft Crescent will provide that for Leeds’s older residents.”
The service at Seacroft Crescent is due for completion in 2022 and will include 64 one and two bedroom apartments. Earlier this year, work started on the first extra care scheme at Westerton Walk, West Ardsley, which is due to be completed in 2021.