Building work under way for Independent Living Scheme
25 March 2021
Throughout the current lockdown work has continued to build 58 new homes in Acle, designed for Independent Living for older residents.
Norfolk County Council in partnership with Saffron Housing Trust and NorseCare, is creating a new Independent Living scheme in the town, consisting of 58 new affordable homes (41 affordable rent and 17 Shared Ownership) that will allow residents aged over 55 with care needs to live independently, creating not only much needed housing but also enhancing the appearance of the local area.
Initial work started in January, following the demolition of the Councils redundant Herondale building in Acle.
Cllr Bill Borrett, Norfolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “This development is a crucial part of the Council’s plan to allow people to be more independent and benefit from all the vital positive effects to mental and physical mental health that it brings. We know the demand for homes for older residents is going to increase in Norfolk over the coming years, and that’s why new options like these homes is so important.”
The scheme, which consists of one and two-bedroom self-contained flats, will allow elderly residents to maintain independence for longer. The plans will see facilities built on site to help residents remain active in the community, including communal spaces such as a lounge, activity room, retail/café space and a hair salon as well as outside areas.
On-site care and support will also be available 24/7 giving residents and their families peace of mind that support is close to hand if needed.
Saffron Housing Trust
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