Green light for £8.5m Newton Abbot care home complex on former hospital site
AN £8.5MILLION care home complex is to be built in Newton Abbot after getting the green light from planners.
The development, on part of the old hospital site in the town centre, will provide 50 self-contained flats, 10 of which will be specifically for people with dementia.
The scheme will help meet the care needs of people over the age of 55 in the area.
Construction is due to start next month with the first flats available from the autumn of 2014.
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The scheme is being developed in partnership with Teignbridge District Council, the Aster Housing Group and construction firm Galliford Try Partnerships.
Devon County Council has invested £1.3million in the new development, with Teignbridge putting in £500,000.
The remaining funding will come from the Homes and Communities Agency and Aster Housing Group.
Cllr Stuart Barker, Teignbridge Council's cabinet member responsible for social care, said: "Extra care housing is a real alternative to residential care which allows people to live independently for as long as possible.
"We are committed to providing up to 950 units across Devon and have put £10million into our budget to support schemes.
"Most people say that they would rather, given the opportunity, have care services available to them in their own homes, when they want it.
"Extra care housing lets people move into their own smaller, more manageable home to live independently."
Of the 50 flats, 28 will have one bedroom, and 22 will have two. Six flats will be for sale on the open market and eight flats will be available for low cost home ownership.
A county council spokesman said 36 flats will be for affordable rent.
The scheme will also provide communal areas including a dining room, lounge, activity rooms, hair salon, beauty treatment room and gardens as well as an on-site care and a support team facility.
Care will be available to residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Devon already has one of the oldest populations compared to most counties in the UK.
The number of people aged over 65 — currently 167,600 — is expected to increase by almost 40 per cent by 2021.
The county council said it had plans to develop 19 extra care housing schemes before 2020, creating around 950 flats across the county.