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  • Work starts in Clifton to create 33 new homes for older people

    A new phase of the council’s Older Person’s Accommodation Programme is starting, with work beginning to deliver 33 new homes in Clifton.

    The four new bungalows and 29 apartments will add to Marjorie Waite Court. This is a 40-unit, council-run independent living scheme with extra care offered at the heart of the community. This extension is due to open in winter 2020 along with a new community hall.

    Residents of York have an above-UK-average life expectancy, with the number of 75+ residents expected to increase by 50% by 2030 (up from 17,000 to 26,000). This extra accommodation goes towards providing a sufficient variety of options for this growing population. It is also part of the council’s wider programme which aims to deliver over 900 extra new units of accommodation with care for older people by 2020 and will see over £100m new investment to deliver it.

    Marjorie Waite Court’s 29 new apartments will be wheelchair-accessible and residents will benefit from extra care services. This includes providing 24-hour care for residents and those living with dementia.

    The four bungalows will be built with their own parking space. Like the apartments, they will be wheelchair-accessible and be connected to a warden call system.

    The residents of these new and existing apartments will be able to use refurbished and extended communal facilities. These will include a dining facility, a laundry, lounges on all floors with balconies, a hair salon and treatment room, and extra offices to deliver a wider range of services. While to support residents’ mobility an electric buggy store and charging area will be built.

    Local community groups can also, through a booking scheme, use the new community hall which will provide space for community and leisure activities.

    Cllr Carol Runciman, executive member for adult social care and health, said: “I’m pleased to welcome this extra care scheme at Marjorie Waite Court. Extra care schemes are for people with a range of care needs. These will be met by a 24/7 on-site team delivering personal care and support plans tailored to residents’ needs, and which are designed to help them retain their independence. This new accommodation at Marjorie Waite Court will help sustain independent living in the city, promote better health and wellbeing and ensures a breadth of high quality accommodation choices.”

    Cllr Jenny Brooks, executive member for housing and safer neighbourhoods, said: “The older persons’ accommodation programme aims to address the needs of present and future generations of older people in the city. We’re making the best use of existing extra care housing by making it more accessible for people with higher care needs, and creating new accommodation which meets modern housing standards.”

    David Blades, business development director for building contractor Hobson & Porter, said: “We’re very excited to be underway with this project at Marjorie Waite Court. The additional housing and multi-use facilities will be of great benefit to residents at the site and we’re proud have been chosen by City of York Council to deliver a scheme of such lasting social value. As proud partners of the Considerate Constructors Scheme we are committed to demonstrating best practice in all aspects of our work, and we will be working closely with the council and the local community to provide regular communications on the project, while also minimising disruption to the surrounding area and that ensuring the highest site safety and environmental standards are adhered to.”