£2m boost to create 62 independent living apartments in North Norfolk
23 July 2021
A £2 million investment to create 62 apartments for people over 55 to live independently in North Norfolk will be considered by the county council.
The council’s cabinet meets on 2nd August to consider a development in Stalham, as part of its £29 million Independent Living programme.
Also known as extra-care housing, independent living schemes allow people aged over 55 to live in their own apartment, with peace of mind that care and support is available on site should they need it.
Councillor Bill Borrett, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “This is a really exciting project. Norfolk’s residents tell us that they want to live independently for as long as possible, which is also better for their wellbeing.
“That’s why we launched our £29 million independent living programme. Our second scheme is already under construction in Acle and I’m recommending that the Cabinet approves the plans for Stalham.”
A report says Norfolk requires 2,842 independent living units by 2028, with 486 in North Norfolk.
The proposed Stalham scheme is made up of 30 two-bed flats and 32 one-bed flats on a two-acre site. All homes are to be affordable and accessible.
The scheme would be run and managed by Housing 21, a registered provider who will also provide on-site home care. Tenants, as they are in their own homes, will retain the right to purchase care from whoever they wish.
The new scheme is an ideal location for independent living, as it is located close to many amenities including a surgery, library, supermarket and a short walk to the nearest bus stop, providing regular services to both Norwich and Great Yarmouth and other local areas.
Subject to planning approval, construction is set to begin in December 2021 and the scheme should be completed by summer 2023.
Cabinet will discuss the report when it meets at 10am on Monday, 2 August. You can read the agenda papers and view the meeting online, live or afterwards.