Plans submitted for new purpose-built facility for elderly

An artist's impression of how the new Extra Care facility for Alnwick could look, subject to planning approval. Credit: idpartnership
An artist's impression of how the new Extra Care facility for Alnwick could look, subject to planning approval. Credit: idpartnership

Detailed plans for the first stage of a major development to the south of Alnwick, featuring more than 50 homes for the elderly, have been submitted.

Last month, Northumberland Estates submitted an application for outline planning permission for the construction of 271 residential dwellings and an extra-care facility on land south of Weavers Way.

It combined the scheme revealed in March this year by the Estates to build 213 homes and proposals for a £5million housing scheme for elderly people, which was announced in July following a successful bid for £2million of Government money.

Now Isos Housing has submitted a full application for the second aspect – 58 one and two-bedroom apartments for the elderly with communal facilities – to Northumberland County Council.

Documents submitted with the application state that the plans offer an ‘innovative’ extra-care scheme for older people in Alnwick.

Isos has worked in partnership with the county council, Northumberland Estates and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to develop a purpose-built facility.

The statement reads: “The scheme will promote independence and sustain older and vulnerable people with chronic and other health conditions in the community. It will provide choice for older people in rural Northumberland, prevent admissions to residential care and help older couples stay together.”

It will provide 58 apartments, for both rent and for sale as shared ownership – Isos would retain a 25 per cent share.

There will also be a community hub including a range of facilities such as a shop, café, internet access, hairdressers, multi-purpose room for GPs, patio and sensory gardens for use by residents and the wider older community.