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66-unit extra care development green-lighted in Fakenham

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A new 66-unit extra care housing development for older people based in Fakenham has been awarded funding and planning permission.

Norfolk County Council’s policy and Resources committee will be asked to approve £212,500 of capital contribution funding for the 2.32 acre extra care site in Fakenham which will be located next to the Fakenham Medical Centre.

This investment is match funding in partnership with North Norfolk District Council. Construction of the Living Well Homes could begin as soon as Spring 2019.

This is part of the countycouncil’s £29 million capital investment scheme to deliver 3,000 extra homes for older people in Norfolk over the next 10 years.

Extra care housing (ECH) schemes are made up of flats that are rented or owned by individuals. At present, these homes are available for people over the age of 55 whose current home no longer meets their needs, enabling them to remain independent in their local community.

Research has shown that Norfolk requires 2,842 extra care units by 2028.

Registered provider Housing 21 will run and manage the scheme comprising 39 two-bedroom flats and 27 one-bedroom flats.

Thirty of these units will be for affordable rent with Norfolk County Council and North Norfolk District Council sharing the responsibility for nomination rights. Priority for tenancies will be given to residents of the local district.

Andrew Proctor (7819720)
Andrew Proctor (7819720)

Andrew Proctor, leader of the county council said: “I am delighted that we are investing in this programme, working closely with developers, housing providers and district, borough and city councils to address future housing demand.

“It’s important that we can offer alternatives to residential care enabling people to stay close to their family and friends. Living Well Homes will provide an effective way for people to live independently for longer with the reassurance that, should you need care, this can be provided.”

Increasing the provision of extra care housing to match future demand will deliver approximately £4 million gross revenue saving per year.

With preventative initiatives to keep people independent for longer, savings are currently forecast to achieve £581,000. These include home support and short-term residential support for people discharged from hospital, known as reablement.

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