Work begins on £8million extra care scheme

The start of work on an £8million housing project in North Yorkshire was celebrated last week when Sanctuary Group was joined by representatives from North Yorkshire County Council, the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Keepmoat at a sod cutting ceremony on the site at Eastfield, near Scarborough.

The leading housing and care provider is developing a 60 unit extra care scheme for the over 55s at the site, located to the north of Overdale in Eastfield.

This extra care scheme is part of the first phase of a wider development in Eastfield, named Middle Deepdale, whereby over the next 15 years, a total of 1,350 new homes will be created along with a primary school and community hall with retail provision, as well as footpaths, landscaping, and open plan spaces.

The scheme, which will be managed by Sanctuary Extra Care, will include facilities such as a restaurant, gym, library, sensory garden, hair and beauty salon and three retail units, some of which will be made available to the wider community. This development will also benefit the younger people of Scarborough, with two apprenticeship posts created and another seven apprentices, already working with contractor Keepmoat, to be given the opportunity to continue learning their trade on the site.

Andrew White, Sanctuary’s director of development – commercial, said:

“It is great to see work begin at this development which will help to kick-start the much anticipated new private housing at Middle Deepdale.

“Through the extra care scheme, Sanctuary is creating much needed homes for those over 55, and at the same time, providing young people from the area with the opportunities they need to begin a career in the building trade.”

County Councillor Clare Wood, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Health and Adult Services, who was invited to get work underway at the sod cutting ceremony, said:

“This extra care scheme promises to be an exciting development in the community. North Yorkshire faces the prospect of a rapidly aging population and extra care is viewed by the county council as a long range and strategic approach to meeting the county’s needs.

“Extra Care has proved a highly successful solution so far to supporting the needs of older people while enabling them to live independently in a home of their own, secure in the knowledge that round-the-clock care and support is available according to need.”

Helen Fielding, Area Manager at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), said:

“I am really pleased to see the start of this extra care scheme since it is the conclusion of years of planning by our partners and will begin to make a real difference to the lives of local residents. The investment from the HCA will help to provide the housing that older residents need ensuring that they can stay living close to their families and friends. I look forward to seeing the other work that will be starting in Eastfield soon.”

Paula Broadbent, Keepmoat Retirement Solutions Director, said:

“We are delighted that construction on the extra care housing scheme is now underway. The Middle Deepdale regeneration project is of great significance for the community of Eastfield, transforming the area for future generations and creating a sustainable and healthy community, and Keepmoat is proud to be a part of it.”

Middle Deepdale extra care scheme is being developed in partnership with Keepmoat, Kebbell Homes, North Yorkshire County Council, Scarborough Borough Council, Groundwork North Yorkshire and P+HS Architects. The HCA has contributed £1.5 million to the development, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.