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Plans for Extra care scheme in Cumbria


Published by Tracey Errington for Eden Housing Association Limited in Housing and also in Care and Support, Health

Plan for new scheme in Cumbria Plan for new scheme in Cumbria

Eden Housing Associations plans for new extra care scheme in Kirkby Stephen

Eden Housing Association has received Government and County Council funding to redevelop Mill Gardens Sheltered accommodation in Kirkby Stephen to create an extra care scheme that provides 19 lifetime homes.

At a cost of £3.1 million, Eden Housing Association has received £1/2 million+ funding from the Homes and Communities Agency and more recently secured £250,000 from Cumbria County Council to develop Mill Gardens as an extra-care scheme.

The redevelopment of the existing Mill Gardens scheme involves demolishing the existing outdated accommodation and creating a new development that will support 19 self-contained apartments and communal facilities. Plans have been sent to Eden District Council for planning permission and subject to approval, work could start as soon as May.

Residents from Mill Gardens have already been supported with permanent or temporary re-location to improved, alternative accommodation and the team at Eden Housing ensure there are regular ‘get together’ opportunities to keep in touch with friends and neighbours.  A key feature throughout the design process has been the involvement of residents – they were keen for the communal lounge area to lead onto the patio so the plans were altered accordingly, and those planning to move back to Mill Gardens will also have a say in the colours and styles for their kitchens.

The scheme will have 16 x two bedroomed apartments and three single bedroomed apartments as well as a café/dining area, a treatment room, communal lounge, scooter store, assisted bathroom and staff facilities. It has been designed by Croft Goode Architects who have won awards for extra care schemes and for environmental excellence in building design.

John Clasper, Managing Director of Eden Housing Association said “The outside of the building will have a traditional look in keeping with its ‘Mill Gardens’ name, but inside will be much lighter and more spacious. The 19 apartments will become lifetime homes for affordable rent. That means they can be adapted as residents’ needs change. The Heysham Gardens scheme in Carlisle was our first purpose built extra care scheme and we have learned a lot from that. Our Mill Gardens residents have also visited our development in Carlisle and are encouraged by the plans for Kirkby Stephen.”

EHA staff recently presented details of the scheme to the Kirkby Stephen Town Council meeting. Assuming planning permission is granted, the demolition of the old building could start in May with the scheme aiming to open in summer 2014.

For more details of the scheme please contact Rebecca Field on 01768 861400 or visit


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