Naming ceremony for new housing scheme for older people in Mancetter

Laural GardensA new £11million affordable housing scheme for older people in Mancetter has been officially named.

A ceremony was held on Tuesday November 10th to mark the official naming of Laurel Gardens, a new Housing & Care 21 extra care court for over 55s, on Church Walk.

Representatives from Warwickshire County Council and North Warwickshire Borough Council toured the scheme, which is due to open in July 2016, and County Councillor Jose Compton, the authority’s portfolio holder for adult social care, cut a cake to mark its official naming as Laurel Gardens.

The scheme is comprised of 70 self-contained, modern two-bedroom apartments and ten bungalows, with support and care services on site, with all of the homes available for affordable rent.

Laurel Gardens is being built by Wilmott Dixon on behalf of Housing & Care and in partnership with Warwickshire County Council and North Warwickshire Borough Council.

Jose Compton, Warwickshire County Council’s portfolio holder for adult social care, said:

“We are very pleased to have been involved in this fantastic scheme, which gives older generations the chance to live independently and securely in their own homes.

This new Extra Care Housing development will help older individuals by giving them more choice and control about how they live in later life. I know how much people in Warwickshire have been anticipating these homes from the extent of interest they have already shown.”

Councillor Neil Dirveiks, North Warwickshire Borough Council added:

“We are delighted that we have taken another step forward to give older people the opportunity to live independently and safely in their local community. This scheme will benefit older people by giving them more choice and control about how they live in later life.”

Kris Peach, director of extra care at Housing & Care 21, said:

“Work on this new extra care court is progressing on track and we are delighted to announce this key landmark.

“Laurel Gardens represents a continuation of our great partnership work with Warwickshire County Council to provide quality, affordable housing with care suitable for older people in the county.

“Extra care accommodation allows older people to maintain their independence and enjoy happy lives into old age. A care team is based on-site 24 hours a day to give residents and their families the peace of mind of knowing that support is there should they need it.”

The event was attended by a host of representatives from Housing & Care 21 and Warwickshire County Council and North Warwickshire Borough Council.

Laurel Gardens will feature communal facilities including a restaurant, hairdressers, shop, residents’ lounge and laundry room, as well as landscaped gardens.

Picture: (left to right) Stuart Moran and Gemma Uglow, from Housing & Care 21, Neil Dirveiks, North Warwickshire Borough Council, Councillor Jose Compton, Warwickshire County Council, Tim Willis, Warwickshire County Council and Paul Roberts, North Warwickshire Borough Council