Councillor Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council, said: “For older people who wish to remain independent, or feel isolated living alone, Extra-Care assisted living can be the perfect solution because it offers residents their own apartment but also the security and reassurance of 24hr care on site. This superb new development in Romsey will help to provide much-needed capacity to meet the needs of the increasing older population in the area, especially for those who want accommodation to rent, as well as releasing family accommodation.
“Our £45 million programme of investment in the development of Extra Care across Hampshire is an excellent example of how by working in partnership, we can provide people with quality care in modern and attractive accommodation and secure good value for the taxpayer.”
The new development will comprise 54 one and two bedroom affordable housing flats, for rent and shared ownership, a separate space that could be used as a day service by older people in the wider Romsey community, as well as communal gardens and secluded courtyard areas.
The development consortium, led by Ashley House PLC, includes Places for People Living+, the housing association that will operate the housing functions of the development. Living+ is part of the Places for People group and provides a range of accommodation, support and care services to over 6,500 people across the UK.
Paul Brand, Head of Development at Ashley House PLC, said: “We are very pleased to have been appointed to deliver this important Extra Care scheme on behalf on Hampshire County Council, and we look forward to working with our partners to move this scheme forward over the coming months.”
Debi Marriott-Lavery, Managing Director of Living+, said: “We welcome this opportunity to work with Hampshire County Council and Ashley House PLC to provide high-quality accommodation and support services to older people in Romsey. Once the scheme is complete, it will enable residents to live safely and independently in their own homes, now and into the future.”
Extra Care developments for older people provide those with support needs, with their own independent accommodation, but with the added benefit of care and support on site 24/7. The one or two bedroom flats also enable couples with different care needs to remain living together. To be eligible for Extra Care, a person must qualify for social housing, as well as adult social care support.