Dignitaries gathered to celebrate the first named brick laid for a new ‘extra care’ housing scheme in Heckmondwike.
The site on the former Fairfield School in Dale Lane was attended by members of the council, and will become housing for people over the age of 50, who want to live with some independence but may need support.
Extra care projects are being built at three housing sites in Kirklees – as well as Dale Lane, there will be similar schemes at the former sites of Westmoor House, Dewsbury, and at Crosland Moor, Huddersfield.
Altogether they will provide 140 new council homes for rent in the Kirklees area, each site providing between 41 and 53 self-contained flats.
They will have a residents’ lounge, restaurant, activity rooms, therapy room, hairdressing salon, and large landscaped gardens, and some of the communal areas at each site such as the restaurant will be open to the local community.
Representatives from those involved in the scheme joined ward councillors David Sheard and Viv Kendrick in laying a named brick
Coun Molly Walton, Joint Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “We know that most people prefer to live in their own homes for as long as possible and Extra Care housing schemes offer people the opportunity to do this.
“Extra Care housing is for frailer, older people who want to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible but with care and support close at hand.
“They have many benefits including helping people to stay in their own homes for longer whilst enjoying a good quality of life with social inclusion, and support to feel safe and secure.”
The council believes the project will have a positive impact on the local economy and create more jobs in the area.
The brick laid bears the names of two representatives from the Council Older Peoples’ Partnership board Doreen Denton and Richard Palmer, along with Coun Walton.
Once the housing is ready, there will be a care and support team on each site 24 hours a day, 365 days a year providing general care and for any emergencies.
The new homes will be offered to people following a care assessment and housing needs assessment.
The allocation of the homes is done by a panel that considers all applications and allocates the homes based on priority of need to the most suitable applicants.