New homes and new opportunities at North Yorkshire development
Published by Anonymous for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities, Education
(L to R) Apprentice Rikki Darlow; Keepmoat’s Regional Operations Manager, Nathan Brough; Sanctuary’s Development Manager, Rob Harbourne & apprentice Chantelle Wrightson
An £8 million housing project in North Yorkshire is set to create far more than the 60 new homes it initially promised.
Construction at Sanctuary Group’s development in Eastfield, near Scarborough, started on site in September and will provide a much needed extra care facility for the over 55s. The project is part of the first phase of a wider development in Eastfield, named Middle Deepdale, which will see a total of 1,350 new homes built over the next 15 years, along with a primary school and community hall with retail provision, as well as new footpaths, landscaping and open plan spaces.
The scheme, which will be managed by Sanctuary Home Care, will include a range of 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.
While the development will bring a range of benefits to local people as it is completed at the end of 2014, it is already making a difference in the local community through the employment and training opportunities it is generating.
Through Sanctuary’s contractor, Keepmoat, two young people from the local area have already taken up construction apprenticeships on the site – Chantelle Wrightson, 20, a carpentry and joinery apprentice, and Rikki Darlow, 23, a bricklaying apprentice, both from Eastfield.
Rob Harbourne, Development Manager for Sanctuary, said: “A key priority for Sanctuary is creating employment and training opportunities through its development projects and we are delighted that Keepmoat has taken on these two apprentices in Eastfield. Not only will we be developing high quality homes for the over 55s in the area, we will also be helping secure the future job prospects for younger people, too.”
Fiona Ratcliffe, Regional Employment and Skills Co-ordinator for Keepmoat, added: “At Keepmoat we are dedicated to providing jobs for local young people looking to work their way up the career ladder, and we have some great apprentices on sites across Yorkshire. Chantelle and Rikki are already getting stuck into this great project in Scarborough and we look forward to charting their future success.”
Sanctuary is developing the extra care scheme in Eastfield in partnership with Keepmoat, Kebbell Homes, North Yorkshire County Council, Scarborough Borough Council, Groundwork North Yorkshire and P+HS Architects, and with part-funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.
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Notes to editors:
Established in 1969, Sanctuary Group is responsible for the provision of social housing, care and management services across England and Scotland. It owns or operates over 94,000 units of accommodation and employs around 10,000 people.
The Group operates under a not for profit umbrella, with surpluses reinvested into the provision of affordable housing, the maintenance of existing properties, and the development of new services for customers.
Sanctuary is an Industrial and Provident Society, an exempt charity under the Charities Act 1993 and is regulated by the Homes and Communities Agency.
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