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22 September 2017

New Amesbury extra care scheme named

The new name is really fitting and once finished, the scheme will meet a need in the town for affordable homes that offer independence, while also providing the support should people require it

Wiltshire Council Portfolio holder for housing, John Smale

Local pupils celebrated this week (18 September) after they helped name a new £11.2m 60 unit extra care scheme for the over 55s in Amesbury.

Wiltshire Council Portfolio holder for housing, John Smale, attended Amesbury Archer Primary School during their morning assembly to reveal the development will be called Evergreen Court once it's opened next summer.

The affordable housing scheme is currently being built on the Kings Gate site, near the school.

Children from the school came up with 10 names which were voted on by local people, with the four most popular going before the area board on 14 September.

John said: "I am delighted to see work progressing so well on this development, and I'm really pleased local children have taken such a keen interest in the project.

"The new name is really fitting and once finished, the scheme will meet a need in the town for affordable homes that offer independence, while also providing the support should people require it.

"It is a central part of our housing strategy that we encourage and help our older residents establish themselves in suitable housing that they can occupy for as long as they need it."

There will be 60 new apartments for independent living with extensive facilities and services provided on site such as 24/7 care provision, restaurant, guest suite and gardens.

All the apartments will be in a modern design and help older people to live independently for longer with access to care and support as and when it is needed.

The scheme will include homes for affordable rent and some shared ownership homes for sale.

The Homes and Communities Agency provided £500,000 of the £11.2m cost of the development.

The Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership also secured an increase to the amount the council can borrow from Central Government to support the development of new affordable homes in Wiltshire, of which £1.2m will be used to fund this scheme.

MiSpace is developing the site on our behalf.

For further information you can email extracarehousing@wiltshire.gov.uk

Last updated: 22 September 2017 | Last reviewed: 22 September 2017

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