Earth moves for Sunderland housing development

Published:  23 August, 2012

SUNDERLAND: Work has started on a £16 million extra care housing scheme for older people at Dovecote Meadow in Fordfield Road on the site of the former Felstead School.

Dovecote Meadow will provide 175 self contained one and two bedroom apartments, designed to enable people to plan for older living and to live independently for longer in their own home.

Councillor Graeme Miller, Cabinet Member with responsibility for the council’s Health, Housing and Adult Services portfolio, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with both Housing 21 and Keepmoat.

“This partnership approach to providing older people with the opportunity to continue living independently has already proved a great success in previous extra care developments in the city."

The scheme will have options for either affordable rent or flexible purchase options and provide communal facilities including a restaurant, hairdressing salon, care shop, wellbeing suite and convenience store.

Extra care housing enables residents to enjoy independent living with the security of on-site care staff. The scheme is being delivered as part of Housing 21’s Approved Development Programme with the Homes and Communities Agency.

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