Potters Place taking shape
Published by Jason Kayley for Together Housing Group in Housing and also in Care and Support
… David Green, Chairman of Chevin Housing Association – part of the Together Housing Group, (centre) with Derbyshire County Council’s Cllr. Ron Mihaly, Boythorpe and Brampton South (left), and Chesterfield Borough Council Executive Member for Housin
Excitement was in the air as representatives visited the new Potters Place extra care scheme in Chesterfield as building works got started.
The development of 55-apartments, in Foolow Avenue, now renamed Potters Place (reflecting the historical pottery industry), is one of three schemes which Chevin Housing Association are developing in partnership with Derbyshire County Council, as part of a £22.6m project.
Potters Place is due to open in early 2014 and is for people aged 55 and over, who want the independence of living in their own home but would benefit from being available on site, if and when they need it.
Chevin Housing Association is a member of the Together Housing Group, and their vision is for people to enjoy their later years maintaining their independence with dignity, control and respect.
This approach puts the focus on people’s abilities and inclusion, being able to continue living well in their own home with opportunities for new experiences and creating a sense of community.
Amanda Garrard, Chevin Housing Association’s Managing Director, said: “This is a major development for the Together Housing Group and one we are immensely proud of.
“We have considerable experience in developing and managing extra care housing and believe that extra care is a really valuable housing choice for older people. We can’t wait to open the doors of Potters Place and welcome our first residents in.
“It’s very exciting to see the drawings starting to become a reality and nice to be able to share this with some of the County and Borough Councillors.
“The visit also gave us the opportunity to explain the great work that our contractor partner, Willmott Dixon is doing to engage with local communities, as well as the boost the project is giving to the local economy.”
Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Councillor Clare Neill said: “Potters Place will offer high quality facilities and support that will enable local people to live independently.
“It forms part of our plan to provide a mix of extra care apartments and residential care across the county.
“I am particularly pleased that Derbyshire County Council staff will be providing the care on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“This will be our fifth extra care scheme in the county.”