A new £7million development of supported homes for older people in Alnwick is nearing completion.
The Weavers Court Extra Care scheme, off Weavers Way, has won the admiration of MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who was shown round this week by Isos Housing chief executive Keith Loraine, accompanied by Monica Burns, from the National Housing Federation.
The Berwick MP was shown the features of the 58-apartment building, including the new café, hairdressing salon and communal lounge, and saw a show apartment which allows potential buyers to see what’s on offer.
Mr Loraine said: “We’re getting close to the completion of Weavers’ Court – it’s going to be a great addition to the accommodation available for older people in this area.
“We’re pleased to have been able to show Mrs Trevelyan these new facilities and talk through some of the issues we face when developing supported housing developments of this kind.”
Extra Care schemes are designed to promote independence in older and vulnerable people, while enabling those with chronic and other health conditions to live in the community, avoiding the need for admissions into care homes.
Mrs Trevelyan MP said: “The investment Isos is making in both appropriate design and small-scale social housing in our villages is wonderful.
“The new higher-care mixed housing they are presently building in Alnwick, and hope to build more of across Northumberland, meets the changing requirements and wishes of our older people much better.
“This is a fantastic model of supported housing being rolled out by Isos and I am going to continue working with the National Housing Federation to encourage more of these sort of homes to be built in the years ahead.”
Apartments at Weavers Court are available both to rent and buy through shared ownership. All details are available at www.weavers-court.com or on 01665 603443.