Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

Extra Care housing scheme proposed

Friday, August 20, 2010


Stockton Council is continuing its investment in providing high quality, modern accommodation for older and vulnerable people across the Borough with proposals under way to develop a state-of-the-art Extra Care Housing Scheme in Thornaby.

The 42-apartment scheme is planned for the former Parkview Care Home site and will be the third such scheme in the Borough, offering residents the opportunity to live independently within their own home, while having the necessary support and care facilities they require.

Once completed it brings the total number of extra care apartments and bungalows to around 140 in the Borough.

Stockton Council appointed Tees Valley Housing to develop this housing scheme which will provide new, high quality housing for rent for elderly and vulnerable people. It will also include a communal area and bistro. Tees Valley Housing works in partnership with Erimus Housing as part of Fabrick Housing Group - with both Tees Valley and Erimus having a reputation of building homes and supporting communities.

The new extra care facility will ensure more than £5.7 million of investment into the Thornaby community. Tees Valley Housing will be investing significant resources into the scheme with a further £2.46 million being awarded by the Homes and Communities Agency.

Consultation has been carried out with residents in the Thorntree Road area and planning permission has been granted to Tees Valley Housing for the scheme.

Councillor Steve Nelson, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety, said: "This is an excellent example of partnership working. The Council, together with the Homes and Communities Agency and Tees Valley Housing are committed to ensuring the housing needs of older people in our Borough are met both now and for future generations.

"Currently there are two extra care schemes already established in the Borough, both of which have proved hugely popular. They really do allow people to live independently while having the peace of mind that necessary support and care is on hand.

"This latest scheme will extend the offer we can provide to residents in the Borough and we look forward to working with Tees Valley Housing to develop first class accommodation."

Pat Ritchie, Director of the Homes and Community Agency (HCA) in the North East, said: "This scheme will make a real difference to the lives of older people in Thornaby. The HCA works to help councils and communities meet their own housing needs and this is a great example of that approach in action."

Doug Ross, Managing Director of Tees Valley Housing, said: "Our vast experience of providing extra care schemes has shown what vital facilities they are in communities.

"We are pleased to be working with Stockton Council to provide this essential development, which will give even more people the privacy of their own home, with a range of facilities including an on-site care team, offering as much or as little care as an individual needs."

Extra Care Schemes are already successfully operating at Parkside Court in Thornaby and Aspen Gardens in Hardwick. Aspen Gardens has won several national awards and as well as independent living, offers a bistro, gym, library, hair and beauty salon, computer room and shop.

"The majority of people want to stay living in their own homes for as long as possible," added Councillor Jim Beall, the Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Health.  "This accommodation will help them do just that and I firmly believe it is the best way forward."

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