Work begins on £8million extra care scheme

Today, representatives from Sanctuary Group, North Yorkshire County Council, the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Keepmoat will come together at an event in Eastfield to celebrate the start of work on site of a £8million housing project by Sanctuary Group.

The leading housing and care provider is developing a 60 unit extra care scheme, for the over 55s, on open fields to the north of Overdale in Eastfield. During the event, County Councillor Clare Wood, North Yorkshire County Council Executive Member for Health and Adult Services will take part in a sod cutting ceremony.

The extra care scheme is part of the first phase of a wider development in Eastfield, named Middle Deepdale, whereby over the next 15 years 1,350 new homes will be created along with a primary school and community hall with retail provision, footpaths, landscaping, and open plan spaces.

The scheme will include facilities such as a restaurant, gym, library, sensory garden, hair and beauty salon and three retail units. As with all Sanctuary projects, this development will also benefit the younger people of Scarborough. Two apprenticeship posts have been created and another seven apprentices, already working with contractor Keepmoat, will be given the opportunity to continue learning their trade on the site.

Andrew White, Sanctuary’s director of development – commercial, said:

“It is great to see work begin at this development which will help to kick start the much anticipated new private housing at Middle Deepdale.

“Through the extra care scheme, Sanctuary is creating much needed homes for local older residents and at the same time providing young people with the opportunities they need to begin a career in the building trade.”

County Councillor Clare Wood, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Health and Adult Services said:

“This extra care scheme promises to be an exciting development in the community.

“Extra care has proved a highly successful solution so far to supporting the needs of older people while enabling them to live in a home of their own. It enables couples to stay together and have their families to stay and for people to keep their pets. Indeed for some who have moved from residential care homes, extra care has marked an improvement in their independent living skills. Care and support is delivered according to assessed needs and extra care can also provide high levels of community nursing as well as end-of-life palliative care.”

Paula Broadbent, Keepmoat Retirement Solutions Director, said:

“We are delighted that construction on the extra care housing scheme is now underway.

“The Middle Deepdale regeneration project is of great significance 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.”

Middle Deepdale extra care scheme is being developed in partnership with Keepmoat, Kebbell Homes, North Yorkshire County Council, Scarborough Borough Council, Groundwork North Yorkshire and P+HS Architects. The HCA has contributed £1.5million to the development, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.