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Nine new homes in Newcastle-under-Lyme


Published by Anonymous for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Care and Support, Local Government

Local councils visit Sanctuary's Cotswold Avenue development Local councils visit Sanctuary's Cotswold Avenue development

Sanctuary Group is celebrating the completion of nine new homes in Newcastle-under-Lyme set to transform the lives of those moving in to them.

The new homes in Cotswold Avenue include 3 three-bedroom family houses available for rent and 6 one-bedroom apartments that have been designed and built for adults with learning and physical disabilities.

The scheme has been built by Sanctuary’s framework contractor, Seddon Construction Ltd, and includes investment from the Homes and Communities Agency for the affordable housing and from the Department of Health towards the apartments and the communal facilities associated with them.

Sanctuary Group has worked closely with Staffordshire County Council throughout the project, which will see the Group providing 48 new homes for people with disabilities as part of a wider NHS programme. Each new property will be designed to suit the individual need of the resident, allowing them to live independently in a safe, secure and supported environment.

The properties all have individual kitchens and bathrooms and include a range of features as needed such as wheelchair access, specially adapted wet rooms and ceiling hoists, as well as a communal lounge area for socialising.

Local councillors, including Councillors Gareth Snell and Tony Eagles from Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, joined Sanctuary Group for a tour of the completed properties in Cotswold Avenue before residents started moving into their new homes.

Jonathan Mullins, Sanctuary Group’s head of development for the Midlands, said: “Our aim is to provide high quality housing to suit the diverse needs of the local community and we are delighted to be delivering not only family homes but also these bespoke apartments. These new homes have the potential to improve and enrich the lives of those moving in to them, helping them enjoy a more independent life-style with the comfort of having extra support close at hand as needed.”

Alan White, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Care, said:“This development has been designed specifically with the needs of people with disabilities in mind.   It will provide high quality accommodation with carers on hand 24 hours a day to ensure residents have the best possible quality of life.  The new homes will help individuals become part of the local community, enabling them to have greater independence and giving them the opportunity to participate in activities that have not previously been available to them’.

Councillor Gareth Snell, Leader of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, said: “I was pleased to get the opportunity to view this new development first-hand and feel sure it will make an enormous difference to the lives of those due to move in.  Such high class and well-designed development in Knutton is an added bonus to the local community.”

The wider community is also set to benefit from the Cotswold Avenue development, as working in partnership with its contractor Seddon and Staffordshire County Council, Sanctuary Group has arranged for some improvement works to be carried out at nearby Knutton Community Centre, to include a re-vamp of the cycle track.

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