£11m housing development for over 55s opens its doors at Newby

A housing development created to provide accommodation, care and encourage community involvement for Scarborough’s aging population has opened its doors.

Wednesday, 29th July 2020, 11:15 am
Webb Ellis Court is built on land previously occupied by Scarborough Rugby Union Football Club. Photo submitted

Webb Ellis Court in Newby is a community wellbeing service designed to maximise independence for people over the age of 55 who require on-going care.

Developed by Home Group, the £11m Webb Ellis Court includes 31 two-bed and 32 one-bed apartments.

It has been created in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council and Scarborough Borough Council, who jointly commissioned the project.

The development has been built on land previously occupied by Scarborough Rugby Union Football Club.

As well as housing, the project also includes a range of on-site amenities, such as a café, restaurant, guest accommodation, a hair and beauty salon, and space for local community groups to use.

Cllr Carl Maw, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities and Housing, said: “This development is the culmination of many years of work with public and private sector partners to bring forward a scheme that meets the housing and wellbeing needs of Scarborough’s older residents.

“We are proud of our involvement and really pleased that these high-quality homes are now available for affordable rent. We look forward to seeing Webb Ellis Court welcome its new residents very soon and become fully integrated into the local community.”

North Yorkshire County Councillor Michael Harrison, Executive Member for Adult Services and Health Integration, said: “We are delighted to see Webb Ellis Court open its doors. This has been an exciting partnership with Home Group and the Borough Council.

“Extra care developments of this type are a crucial part of our ambition to help older and vulnerable people to live independently in their communities for as long as possible, and we are committed to their continued development across North Yorkshire.”

Jemma Punch, scheme manager at Home Group, said: “This Community Wellbeing service is very different to traditional residential care as it integrates health, housing and social care to help maximise independence and wellbeing.”