A planning application for an extra care housing scheme in West Oxfordshire supported by £2.9 million of funding from the Oxfordshire Housing & Growth Deal, has been approved, subject to conditions.
The new scheme, to be built in Rockhill, Chipping Norton, will comprise of 80 extra care homes – 40 one-bed and 40 two-bed apartments – designed to meet the needs of older people. It will offer a number of communal facilities including gardens, a dining area, lounges and hobby/activity areas.
Some of the apartments will be let at affordable rents and others will be available for shared ownership.
Priority will be given to people who have a local connection to Chipping Norton and the surrounding area, then cascade to the whole District.
Extra care housing enables older people with care and support needs to live independently in self-contained accommodation.
A care team will be available on site 24 hours a day, catering for people with a range of needs from low care needs to high care needs. There will also be the flexibility to adjust the amount of care given, as people’s needs change over time.
Cllr Jeff Haine, Cabinet Member for Strategic Housing and Development, West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “As people are living longer, their care needs are growing. This scheme will allow many older people to continue to live independently, having any support they need on hand. This scheme will also allow them to stay involved with the local community that they have lived in for many years.”
The scheme will be developed by specialist provider Housing and Care 21.
West Oxfordshire District Council is contributing additional funding of £300,000.