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Work starts on site of £13million extra care scheme

Work is starting on a flagship £13million extra care scheme in Penkridge, which is set to help meet the growing demand for older people’s housing in the district.

Developers are beginning work on Monday, September 24, to transform the site of the former Silverdene care home, at Tildesely Close.

The development, by Stafford-based Housing Plus, will see the site turned into an extra care scheme of 82 high-quality purpose-built apartments for people aged mainly over 55.

Housing Plus has awarded the development contract to Kier, and the scheme is due for completion in 2014.

The £13million project is receiving £1.14million investment from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), and £1.1million from South Staffordshire Council, as well as a donation of land, to provide homes for the rapidly growing number of older people in the district requiring care and support.

South Staffordshire has the fastest growing over 85s population in the UK. Research carried out by South Staffordshire Council shows that almost a quarter of residents in Penkridge are aged between 50 and 64.

Debbie Griffiths, chief executive of Housing Plus, said: “We are delighted to be starting work on transforming the former Silverdene site. We have all worked hard and would like to thank our partners who have helped to bring the plans for this much-needed extra care scheme to fruition.”

Councillor Brian Edwards, leader of South Staffordshire Council, said: “We desperately need facilities like this in the district. The population is getting older and with the baby-boomer generation fast approaching retirement age, it means we need to act now. That’s why we’re investing more than £1million into this project; that’s how important we think this development is.

“This scheme will provide quality housing and support for local people. Our research shows that there is a demand for facilities like this as the local population gets older. It is vital that we invest now to ensure that housing and support needs of local people are met now and for many years to come.”

Care Plus, which is part of Housing Plus along with South Staffordshire Housing Association, will be managing the scheme. It will provide options for care and support packages tailored around residents’ needs and wishes to ensure they retain their independence and have an enhanced quality of life.

The modern apartments will be within an attractive, light and airy building that will also include a café, restaurant, hair and beauty salon, and gym for use by residents and the wider community.

For more information on the new extra care scheme at Penkridge visit www.care-plus.org.uk or call 01785 312000.