A pioneering new £12 million Independent Living housing scheme in Saffron Walden moved a step closer to completion with an official ground breaking ceremony held on Thursday 6 July. Cornell Court, which is being built opposite the Tesco superstore on Radwinter Road, will be the Uttlesford district’s first Independent Living housing scheme for older people.
Once complete it will offer 73 stylish, self-contained one and two-bedroom apartments designed to meet local people’s changing needs in later life. Forty apartments will be available for affordable rent and 33 for shared ownership.
Each self-contained apartment will feature one or two bedrooms, a modern open plan living, kitchen and dining area and bathroom. Future residents will also benefit from shared facilities including a communal lounge, roof terrace, library, green house and hair salon.
Independent Living is similar to Assisted Living or Extra Care housing, and is a positive alternative to residential care for people with a care need in later life. The primary difference between Cornell Court and other, existing assisted living schemes in the area is the added peace of mind offered by 24/7 on-site emergency support from L&Q Living, who will manage the scheme.
Cornell Court is being developed by L&Q Living in partnership with Uttlesford District Council, Essex County Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and Keepmoat Regeneration, part of the ENGIE Group. The land for the scheme was transferred to Uttlesford District Council by Countryside Properties, as part of their affordable housing requirement for the wider Mandeville Place housing development.
Cornell Court has been supported by over £3.5 million in grant contributions and is part of Essex County Council’s five-year, £27 million investment to create up to 1,800 new Independent Living homes for older people with care needs.
The scheme has been named after Daphne Cornell, former mayor of Saffron Walden, to reflect her contribution as town and district councillor and lifelong involvement in local charity work.
Cllr John Spence, Cabinet Member for Health & Adult Social Care, Essex County Council, said: “We are committed to helping people maintain their independence in later life. Cornell Court will help more people in Uttlesford to have the quality of life they want, in a safe and pleasant environment.”
Cllr Julie Redfern, Cabinet Member for Housing, Uttlesford District Council, said: “Uttlesford’s Housing Team works in partnership to deliver the best for our residents. This, the first Independent Living facility in the district, is one of those partnerships. I am so pleased that this project is underway and will be available to help some of our more mature residents live happy and independent lives for as long as possible. It is wonderful to see projects that form part of our housing strategy come to fruition. It is especially nice to see it named after someone who has done so much for the residents of Saffron Walden.”
Charlie Culshaw, Director, L&Q Living, said: “Our mission at L&Q Living is to deliver personalised support for an independent life. The UK has an ageing population and there is a growing need for this type of housing. We’re developing the scheme so that as people’s needs change, we can adapt the service we offer them, which means they won’t have to move later on in life. We’re delighted to be able to bring the first scheme of its kind to the area.”
Andy Baker, Divisional Director for Keepmoat Regeneration’s London and Southern Region, said: “Keepmoat Regeneration is committed to providing innovative solutions to help clients meet the needs of their residents, as well as creating strong links with local suppliers and build meaningful relationships with the communities in which we work. We design homes for older people with longevity and accessibility in mind to ensure that our accommodation adapts easily with people’s changing needs as they grow older, preventing a move later in life.”
Cornell Court is expected to welcome the first residents through its doors in September 2018.
To be eligible for an affordable rent apartment individuals must be a resident in Uttlesford, aged 55+ and require at least six hours a week of care. To register your interest in an affordable rent apartment at Cornell Court please complete our enquiry form or ring 0345 6037630.