Work has begun on a multi-million-pound development to build 62 apartments and 10 bungalows in a village near Lincoln. The homes will be built in Welton and will be designed for older people with care and support needs.
The development is being funded by Homes England, West Lindsey District Council and Lincolnshire County Council. The project has been run by a voluntary group, LACE Housing Association.
The 10 bungalows will be available to purchase on a shared-ownership basis and are suited to residents who value independent living whilst accessing the neighbouring facilities. The 62 one-bedroom apartments are designed for older people who value independent living but are in need of care and support based on an assessed need..
Councillor Wendy Bowkett, Lincolnshire County Council’s executive councillor for adult care and public health, said: “This development will provide essential alternative accommodation choice for older people in the West Lindsey District. Extra care is about maximising independence and improving wellbeing for our older residents.
“We need to respond to the developing care needs of our residents as they age, giving them further choice and control in key aspects of their life such as where they live and the type of support package they receive. Extra care housing allows people to access services in their communities, closer to home, reducing moves into inappropriate residential care and inpatient admissions.”
She added: “And residents in extra care have opportunities to develop skills and knowledge and build their confidence which will enhance their quality of life. I look forward to seeing this scheme progress so that we can welcome residents who need this kind of support into their new homes.”
Nick Chambers, CEO of LACE Housing, said: “Following a survey undertaken by the parish council, the neighbourhood plan identified the need for facilities within the village that were both affordable and supported the health and wellbeing of older people within the community. LACE has been helping to meet the housing and support needs of older people in Lincolnshire for 60 years and we’re very excited to be delivering these in partnership with Homes England, West Lindsey District Council and Lincolnshire County Council.”
There will be a care provider on site to assist residents with their needs where a care plan has been agreed upon, and commissioned by Lincolnshire County Council. LACE Housing support staff will also be available on the site to assist residents, encourage social activities and monitor repairs and maintenance work.
Representatives from Homes England, the district council, county council and contractor RG Carter, were present at the ‘Turning of the Turf’ event which marked the start of the fourth housing with extra care scheme by LACE Housing in Lincolnshire. The new apartments to rent, and bungalows to buy through shared ownership, will be available in Winter 2024.