Leeds ,
12
April
2016
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15:03
Europe/London

Successful funding bid secures second extra care scheme

Leeds City Council is set to build another extra care scheme following a successful funding bid for 45 homes on the site of the former Westerton Adult Training Centre in Tingley.

The Homes and Communities Agency has approved £1,575,000 for homes designed for older people.

The council is currently developing designs for the site and expects to be able to build approximately 50 to 60 apartments.

The first extra care scheme to be built and run by Leeds City Council, Wharfedale View, is already taking shape in Yeadon.

Both schemes will have properties available to rent or buy in shared ownership and will allow people to retain their independence in a safe environment.

People will be able to choose how they want to be supported as their care needs change.

The scheme is part of the authority’s ambitious council house growth programme which will see around 1,000 new homes built over the next three years.

Councillor Mulherin, executive member for health and wellbeing, said:

“I am really delighted that funding has been approved for this scheme which will bring the benefits of new homes designed to meet the needs of our older generation to the Tingley and Ardsley area.

“This new facility will give people the choice on the level of support and care they need to enable them to live independently for as long as possible and widen the choice of housing on offer to enable older people to remain living in their local community as their needs change.”

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said:

“Both this scheme and the Wharfedale View extra care scheme in Yeadon will demonstrate that in providing a safe and supportive environment for older people, we can also offer the best in design which will help set the standard for other, similar developments.”

The new extra care scheme will conform to the Leeds Standard, embodying the best in design and energy efficiency.

The council will demonstrate through its own homes that quality design with set standards for space, heating, ventilation, flexibility, character and green space can leave a positive legacy for communities.

The funding was awarded following a bid to the Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund (CASSH).