Multi-million pound scheme gets under way on supported living

31/12/09 News'The old rugby club ground on Scalby Road'095320a

31/12/09 News'The old rugby club ground on Scalby Road'095320a

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A major expansion of supported housing for older people could be on the way in Scarborough.

North Yorkshire County Council has started a procurement process to find partner organisations to work on providing purpose-built, modern and “future proof” accommodation for people with health and social care needs.

We want to make the most of any resources that are around, providing quality care and a quality environment

Kathy Clark, assistant director of health and adult services

The council recently opened Jazz Court in Eastfield - a development of 60 self-contained, one and two-bedroom apartments for over 55s.

They are now speaking to developers Ashley House about the old rugby club site in Scalby Road, which has been the subject of a health village planning application for a number of years.

Kathy Clark, assistant director of health and adult services, said: “We’re talking with developers about how to meet the needs of people in Scarborough.

“We’re looking at what we can do that will be fit for the future. It’s more likely to be new builds than the expansion of existing facilities.

“We want to make the most of any resources that are around, providing quality care and a quality environment.”

The council’s multi-million pound project will see this type of housing - known as “Extra Care” accommodation - in every major town in North Yorkshire.

Bosses are currently speaking to organisations such as building developers and social housing providers who will design, fund, build, manage and operate the schemes, on the council’s behalf.

The expansion is based on what local people have said they want - to be able to live independent lives in their own homes, with more choice and control over their support so they can remain part of their local communities for longer.

Extra Care allows people to live in their own homes, but with care and support, according to need, 24/7. It also provides communal facilities such as a lounge, restaurant or hair and beauty room. In some places, there may be a GP surgery, library or short break respite service.