Extra care housing brought to north west Leeds

Leeds City Council has been successful in securing over £1.5million of funding to develop a brand new purpose built extra care housing scheme in Yeadon.

The money, secured from the Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund made available through the Department of Health will be used to create a new extra care scheme for older people on the site of a current sheltered housing site.

The proposal is to demolish the existing building and replace it with a new, modern extra care scheme consisting of 45 units with 18 one bedroom apartments and 27 two bedroom apartments. The site will also include additional facilities such as treatment rooms and assisted bathing facilities, dining area, and multi-use community rooms.

Howarth Court currently exists as a 46 bed sheltered scheme. A number of the units are not of a lettable standard, so only 28 of the units are occupied. Residents currently using the accommodation will be allocated a dedicated housing officer to help them with the move to new accommodation, and will placed as a priority for re-housing.

The new extra care apartments will be constructed to a very high quality standard and will be compliant with Homes and Communities Agency standards and the best practice standards set by the Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation (usually referred to as the HAPPI standard), which seeks to improve the quality of life of the aging population by influencing the availability and choice of good housing.

The redevelopment scheme is expected to start on site before the end of 2014 and a 12 month construction period will follow.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:

“The scheme has the potential to be a flagship development for the council in terms of design and signalling commitment to providing excellent quality accommodation for older people across a range of needs.

“As detailed designs for the scheme are drafted, further consultation with the local community will be arranged prior to submission of a planning application.”

“We have arranged for a dedicated housing officer to work with existing residents of Howarth Court to assist and offer support with finding a new home. They will be with residents all the way through the rehousing process from helping to arrange the move to packing boxes on the day. Tenants will be awarded priority for rehousing and we will work hard to help them find the best possible solution.”

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for adult social care said:

“The availability of funding has provided an opportunity to build new high quality extra care housing where an existing council owned scheme does not meet modern standards of accommodation for older people”.

Notes to editors:

The scheme will be mixed tenure – comprising 35 units for affordable rent and 10 for shared ownership.

The completed scheme will remain in LCC ownership with the Council providing housing management services in the normal way and the care provider to be commissioned through ASC’s framework.

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Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk