The authority is one of only 86 successful bidders outside London to be allocated Department of Health grant funding for the scheme, which is proposed for land in Queens Road.
The money will come from the Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund. The £6.75m scheme will provide 40 two-bedroom apartments for older people. Care and support which will be tailored to need will be provided on site, along with communal facilities. Extra care sheltered housing seeks to allow people with care and support needs to live independently in self-contained apartments which will reduce admissions to hospitals and residential care.
The cost includes the replacement of the existing all-weather sports pitch on the site to a more suitable location. The rest of the funding comes from the council’s capital programme and borrowing. The proposals come after the council’s housing strategy identified a need for an older person’s extra care scheme in Beverley.
A planning application for the sheltered housing scheme will soon be considered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s planning committee. Councillor Symon Fraser, East Riding Council portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning, said:
“This is a great opportunity for the council to provide affordable rented accommodation which will help older people remain active for as long as possible without needing to move into a residential care home.”
“Not only will the proposed scheme provide modern, spacious affordable housing for older people, but it will provide employment and training opportunities in the local area.”
Councillor Richard Harrap, portfolio holder for adult and carer services, said:
“Housing plays a crucial role in helping older and disabled people to live as independently as possible and, as the East Riding has an ageing population, investment in this type of supported affordable housing is more important than ever. Moreover, better and more suitable housing will reduce pressures on carers and families.”Hu17.net - It's all about Beverley