Building begins on new extra care housing for older people in Amesbury
Building has begun on a new £11.2m 60 unit extra care scheme for the over 55s in Amesbury.
The affordable housing scheme is being developed on the Kings Gate site, near Amesbury Archer Primary School.
It will see 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.
Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council said "I am delighted to see work begin on this development, which will meet a need in the town for affordable homes that offer independence while also providing the support should people require it. The plans look fantastic, and once finished will provide a real community area for people.
"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."
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 Wiltshire Council-owned and run 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 behalf of Wiltshire Council.
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