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£7million older persons project begins next month

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Published by awalsh for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing

A new £7 million housing project for Scarborough’s older residents is set to create new job and training opportunities when work begins next month.

Leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group is developing the new 60 apartment Extra Care Scheme, for people over the age of 55 with care needs, on open fields to the north of Overdale in Eastfield.

And from next month, housing and regeneration specialist Keepmoat will begin work on the scheme which is being carried out in partnership with Kebbell Homes, North Yorkshire County Council and Scarborough Borough Council.

As part of the project two new apprenticeship posts will be made available and seven apprentices already working with Keepmoat, will be given the chance to continue learning their trade.

The Extra Care development will replace the county council-run Braeburn House residential care home in Eastfield and will include facilities such as a restaurant, gym, library, sensory garden, hair and beauty salon and three retail units.

The new scheme is part of the first phase of a wider development in Middle Deepdale. Over the next 15 years, land currently used as farmland will be transformed into 1,350 new homes, a primary school and community hall with retail provision, footpaths, landscaping, and open plan spaces.

The project has been part funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and the new homes will be made available to rent.  It is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

Andrew White, Sanctuary’s director of development – commercial, said: “It will be great to see work start on this development which will help to kick start the much anticipated new private housing at Middle Deepdale.

“Sanctuary is committed to creating new job and training opportunities at all its developments and this new scheme is no different. Through this scheme, young people will get the opportunities they need to begin a career in the building trade while creating much needed homes for local older residents.”

County Councillor Clare Wood, Executive Member for Health and Adult Services, said: “North Yorkshire County Council is very pleased to be involved in the planning and provision of this exciting development.

“Extra Care is a model that works in every way, enabling people to lead independent lives in homes of their own but with the availability of 24-hour support."

Speaking on behalf of K2 Regeneration, Paula Broadbent, Keepmoat Head of Health and Senior Living, said: “We are delighted that the first project to go on site at Middle Deepdale will be the Extra Care housing scheme.

“This regeneration project is really significant 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.”

Craig Johns, Area manager at the HCA said: “'It’s fantastic to be part of this development from the very beginning since it will unlock a much needed supply of new homes to meet the housing shortages across Scarborough, including 60 units of extra care supported by £1.5m from the HCA's Affordable Housing Programme.“

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