Our new developments
Housing 21 is a leading not for profit provider of Retirement Housing and Extra Care for older people of modest means. As a registered provider, we are one of the largest developers of specialist housing for older people and the largest provider of Extra Care housing in England.
We operate in nearly 200 local authority areas, managing around 20,000 Retirement and Extra Care Living properties and providing over 42,000 hours of social care each week. Our Strategic Plan 2019 – 2022 sets out our strategic priorities and the targets we are working towards to achieve them.
As a charitable, not for profit provider led by our social purpose we are driven by providing high quality and affordable housing and care for those who need it most. Any profit we make goes into developing our properties and services and not into the pockets of shareholders. We are also proud to be a dementia-friendly organisation and work hard to embed dementia-friendly design and services throughout the organisation to help support those residents living with dementia.
We are committed to development and will build 800 properties a year from 2021.
We currently have seventeen schemes on site. Follow the links for more information:
- Bowland View, Bentham, Craven, North Yorkshire
- Crookbarrow View, Worcester, Worcestershire
- Edward Jenner Court, Emersons Green, Bristol
- Filey Fields Court, Filey, North Yorkshire
- Lavender Meadows, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
- Newton House, Penrith, Cumbria
- Eller Beck Court, Skipton, North Yorkshire
- Castlestead View, Oxenholme, Kendal, Cumbria
- Monaveen, Westergate, West Sussex
- Willow Gardens, Chipping Norton, West Oxfordshire
- Summergate Lodge, Eastleigh, Hampshire
- Poppy Dene, Peterlee, County Durham
- Tynemouth Fire Station, North Tyneside, Newcastle
Typically our Extra Care sites are around 1.5 - 2.5 acres and support development of around 60 - 90 apartments.
Our preference is for a serviced roadside site with all utilities. Ideally they will be within an established community and near to local facilities including shops, GP, other primary care facilities and public transport for both residents and potential staff.
We aim to make all our new developments dementia-friendly environments incorporating the HAPPI principles wherever possible.
Our Retirement Housing brief requires slightly less land than Extra Care at around 0.75 - 2 acres. Our ideal option is to be able to develop around 40 - 70 retirement living properties in a scheme.
They are designed for independent living, to be safe and secure, located close to local shops, town centre and essential amenities, including transport. Again our preference is for a serviced roadside site with all utilities. Internally, there needs to be informal seating areas for resident socialising opportunities, manager facilities and a secure buggy store.
In both circumstances, we are keen to consider innovation and welcome discussions on Modern Methods of Construction and innovation through procurement that will improve speed of construction, improve value and the quality of the end product.
Structure of development deals
We are flexible in our approach to how the legal structure of a property deal can be delivered. We have undertaken development in many different ways from package deals, turnkey development, a land and build approach, traditional local authority procurement competitions and off-market approaches to land owners.
We’re very much in favour of the housing association model for Extra Care, and we’re certainly fans of the integrated approach.
— Local Authority Manager
Planning status and conditions
We believe our Extra Care schemes should be developed in line with the C3 use class definition of development (dwelling house) rather than C2 (residential home). However, we can work with C2 use where required. As a registered provider we are Community Infrastructure Levy exempt and need to build the process for claiming that exemption into our timelines for delivery. Given that our product is, in the main, an all-affordable product, we would look to discuss how we can mitigate against the majority of s106 requirements that would be imposed on a developer look to agree early our position on nomination rights with each Local Authority directly.
We have a dedicated development contact covering each area of the country, ready to discuss potential opportunities for working together with you. Find out who is covering your area below.
Extra Care Development Team
Clare Hemming is our Senior Property Development Manager (PDM) in the North, and is particularly keen to hear from you about sites within Yorkshire.
James Hogarth is responsible for the area from Cheshire northwards, and whilst he will consider anywhere in his area, his main focus is on Northumberland, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.
We are currently recruiting for a PDM for the Central region. We are interested in build opportunities in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
Nick Rees is the PDM for the central regions, including Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Shropshire.
Peter Smith has a strong focus on Kent, West Sussex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.
We would love to make things work in London too!
Retirement Living team
Geoff Reynolds looks after the east of the country. Currently Northumberland, South Cambridgeshire and Ipswich are his top priorities for action.
Rebecca North is responsible for the West, and currently considers Devon, Dudley and Merseyside as areas where we are looking to grow.
Click on the image below to download a map showing each PDM's area.
£16m Doncaster affordable housing scheme underway
Work has started on a £16 million affordable housing scheme in Doncaster. The development of 126 homes will be delivered by Esh Construction in partnership with Together Housing Group, which also owns and manages Lakeside Rise in the town, and Housing 21.
Show home opens at new Eastleigh Retirement Living development
Staff at Summergate Lodge, a new Housing 21 Retirement Living development in North Stoneham, celebrated the official opening of its show home.
New affordable housing scheme for older people nears completion in South Gloucestershire
Future residents have been flocking to see a development of new affordable homes being built for older people near Bristol.