North East Lincolnshire Council

Council approves plans to expand residential care alternatives

Cabinet members of North East Lincolnshire Council this week approved plans to proposals to offer more extra care housing locally.

Extra Care Housing is an alternative option for those considering residential care, offering greater independence to older and less able people.

The decision, which was made at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, will pave the way for a further two schemes in the local area.

The projects, if approved at the planning stage, will see the construction of more specialised, independent housing units within a supportive setting.

Councillor Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for Housing, said: “This decision clearly sets out our commitment to offering older and less able people in our area the option of housing with care and support, whilst preserving their independence.

“This is very different to living in residential care – people living in extra care housing get to retain their own property, address and front door whilst being close to communal amenities and the support that they may need.

“These are practical, sustainable and affordable alternatives to residential care.”

The first scheme was opened in July 2015 at Strand Court, Grimsby, and has continued to operate successfully. Since then, uncertainties around proposed changes to housing benefits has delayed the decision to progress with a further two sites.

The sites being considered for the next two units are the former Matthew Humberstone lower school site and the land at Winchester Avenue and Burwell Drive, Grimsby.

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