Staff at Strawberry Gardens, a new Housing 21 Extra Care development on Moorhen Road, off Arnold’s Way, celebrated the official opening of its show home this week.
Strawberry Gardens is Housing 21’s first Extra Care scheme in Yatton and will provide much needed accommodation for local people over the age of 55. The development, under construction by Vistry Partnerships and supported by Homes England, will offer 60 two bedroom apartments for affordable rent and shared ownership.
Strawberry Gardens has been designed to promote independent living in a community setting, with a care team on-site 24/7 to deliver planned care packages if needed. It will offer people over the age of 55 a range of facilities including an activity room, communal lounge and gardens. An on-site hair salon and café/bistro for residents will also open to the public, subject to government guidelines and social distancing rules upon scheme opening.
The scheme has been developed in partnership with North Somerset Council. Ann Nunnerley, Housing Manager at Strawberry Gardens and Lynda Wilson, Sales Consultant at Strawberry Gardens were joined by Steve Bridger, Yatton Ward Councillor on North Somerset Council, who officially opened the new show home.
Steve Bridger said: “Extra care is an important and under-provided component of the UK housing stock so I’m delighted that Strawberry Gardens will become the sixth such scheme in North Somerset. It will allow some of our older residents with changing needs to continue to live independently in our community, and exemplifies the important relationship between housing, health and wellbeing and social care"
Ann Nunnerley said: “We are delighted to open this fantastic new show home and can’t wait to hear feedback from the local community.
“Strawberry Gardens has been built with our residents in mind. The apartments are all fitted out with high quality kitchens, easily accessible mid-height ovens, raised power points and level-access showers, but they are also really stylish and modern. We’re really pleased to have guidelines in place which mean we can safely start welcoming people to come and take a look around.
“For those interested in renting or purchasing a shared ownership property at the scheme, we have also been fortunate enough to allow building work to continue safely in recent months, which means we are on track for new homes to be ready by late October 2020. We’re hoping this is some positive news for the local community!”
Cllr Don Davies, Leader of North Somerset Council said: “This is a great collaboration which I’m very pleased to see the council a part of. It gives people the opportunity to continue to live independently in the knowledge that there is assistance on hand should it be needed.”
Craig Currie, managing director of Vistry Partnerships West, said: “We’re delighted to have reached this significant milestone at Strawberry Gardens, and look forward to continuing to work closely with Housing 21 to complete the development.”
Construction at the development is expected to complete winter 2020.
The new show home will have enhanced cleaning procedures after each visit and also on a weekly basis. Anybody experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to rearrange their appointment. PPE is also available for visitors to use should they wish.
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