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Older people’s housing boost thanks to government and Council funding

Staffordshire’s ageing population is set to benefit from a £9.5million extra care scheme in Penkridge, thanks to government and council funding.

South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA) has secured funding for the extra care development, and has announced work is due to start developing the former Silverdene nursing home site  in April 2012.

Plans to redevelop the site will see 70 extra care apartments built for people, predominantly over 55, to meet the housing and support needs of people in Penkridge and across South Staffordshire.

Thanks to £1.1million of funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and a potential £1.1million from South Staffordshire Council, the development will help older people stay living independently for longer in their own apartment in this state of the art facility.

Ursula Bennion, director of business development at Housing Plus, of which SSHA is a part, explained: “We’re pleased that we are now pressing forward with plans for the Silverdene site. We have prioritised this scheme as we understand the demand for older people’s housing in the county. We have prioritised funding we received from the HCA to ensure we are developing these homes to meet local housing need.

“The next steps for us will be public consultation over the scheme’s design and then submitting a planning application. It is an exciting development for Penkridge as it will provide a vital care facility for local older residents to allow them to stay living in the village.”

The proposed development will include one and two bedroom apartments and will provide flexible extra care services to help people stay living independently.  Detailed facilities to be provided are yet to be finalised but will include, restaurant, lounge, coffee shop and hairdressing salon.

Cllr David Billson, Deputy Leader at South Staffordshire Council, has welcomed today’s announcement. He said: “Everyone involved in this project is eager to bring the former Silverdene care home site back into use.

“This is going to be a much needed, modern facility which is going to help older people in Penkridge to live independently for longer without having to move away from their families and their friends”.

County Councillor Matthew Ellis, Cabinet member for Adult Wellbeing, said:  “Staffordshire is a national leader in the development of extra care homes. Because where people live is so important to their quality of life, we put in place ambitious plans to increase the number of extra care places available to buy or rent across Staffordshire from 430 two years ago to 1500 by 2013.

“In fact, by then, more than 2000 will have been achieved meaning more opportunities for people who want to remain independent in their own home can do so safe in the knowledge that care if needed is available without being intrusive.”

Ursula Bennion, Business Development Director, Housing Plus