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£18m Investment for Extra Care Scheme in Wythenshawe!

housingWythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) in South Manchester is delighted to announce that they will be building a landmark Extra Care Housing Scheme following their successful Care & Support Specialised Housing fund bid through the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

This news was announced by Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb and is the largest scheme announced in the North West today.

This project will create 135 homes through an Extra Care Specialised Housing development for Older People and will amount to an £18m investment, including the £5.19m funding from the Department of Health, through the HCA.

Extra Care homes ensure a continuing high quality of life for older people and reduce care costs, unnecessary hospital stays and costly adaptations to properties through the provision of a 24 hour care provider on-site.

Nigel Wilson, Group Chief Executive of Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, the newly created parent company for Willow Park and Parkway Green, said; “We are delighted to announce this exciting new project, which marks the first major development since WCHG was created in April this year. These new Extra Care homes will provide housing for older people through a mixture of apartments for affordable rent, shared ownership and outright sales – giving the people of Wythenshawe a variety of housing options if they wish to downsize or want to find something better suited to their requirements.”

Eddy Newman, Chair of WCHG said; “Wythenshawe is undergoing a fantastic programme of regeneration at the moment and the announcement of these new homes is a tremendous win for WCHG and the people of Wythenshawe. This excellent Extra Care scheme will provide much needed homes to meet the demands of many older people from the Wythenshawe area and will also bring new facilities for the wider community.”

These new modern, energy efficient homes will be located on the junction of Brownley Road and Hollyhedge Road and will consist of 66 apartments for affordable rent, 39 apartments for shared ownership and 30 apartments for outright sale.  The high quality facilities and extra care provision on site will enable older people to maintain their independence for longer, and the location of NHS LIFT health centre adjacent to the new homes will be ideal to support the health and care needs of residents in their new homes.  

A Community Hub with a café will provide a focal point for scheme residents and encourage social activity with the local community, who will also have access to this communal space.  The development will be set in landscaped sensory gardens and the homes have been designed to meet full mobility and access under Lifetime Homes, ensuring the living spaces are flexible in design and are a generous size to meet the needs of the residents. 

The Construction phase of the building will generate a fantastic boost for the sector which in turn will lead to regional employment for hundreds of construction workers, creating many employment opportunities to retain skilled labour from the local area.  Upon completion many other job opportunities will also be provided in the management and operation of the building.

Given the immediate proximity of the scheme to the Wythenshawe Campus of the Manchester College the project will also benefit the on-going partnership with the college to provide training and employment opportunities in health and social care, catering, hair and beauty and performing arts all of which will be functions within the communal hub of the scheme. The on-going service provision in extra care is a very good local employment generator with an average of 60% of staff living within the locality.

We will be consulting with neighbouring residents in the coming months to ensure that everybody is aware of this new development and the fantastic resources it will bring for local people to enjoy.

Councillor Jim Battle, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said; “There is a lack of provision for this type of housing in Wythenshawe – and indeed South Manchester – that provides purpose built homes for older people in which their care needs are catered for on-site and the community is tailored specifically for their needs. This model of care is one we would want for our own families and for ourselves and we are ensuring this modern provision is ready for future demand and for partnership working with health.”

Work is scheduled to start on site spring 2014 with anticipated completion during  2015.  

To find out more about the scheme contact David Knowles, Property Services Manager on 0161 946 9568.

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