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Green light for new homes in Rochford

13 November 2017
artist's impression of new homes in Rochford

Ambitious regeneration plans to transform an empty council building into Independent living homes for older people with a care need have been given the go ahead.

Essex Housing’s proposal to develop the former Adult Community College site in Rochford, have been approved by Rochford District Council’s planning committee, subject to a section 106 agreement.

The building in Rocheway, which has been vacant ever since the college relocated in 2014, is set to be demolished to make way for 60 Independent Living homes for older people, and 14 houses for the open market.

Cllr Sue Lissimore, Cabinet Member responsible for housing, said: “We’ve been working with our public sector partners across Essex to identify surplus parcels of publicly-owned land to speed up housing growth and address the homes shortage.

“Our plans for Rocheway are part of a £27 million investment across Essex to build 1,800 new Independent Living homes for older people with care needs.

“In Rochford, we hope to build 74 affordable homes, 60 of which will be purpose-built for older people to meet the growing demands of Essex’s ageing population.”

“Building more homes is a vital factor in boosting the county’s economy, but also to ensure Essex continues to be a great place to live, work and grow up,” added Cllr Lissimore.

“We have worked incredibly hard with our partners in Rochford during the pre-planning stage to ensure our designs satisfy everyone, and will continue to do so to ensure our plans help regenerate this vacant site for the benefit of the entire community.”

Independent Living housing is sometimes referred to as Assisted Living or Extra Care. It is seen as a positive alternative to residential care homes for people who can continue to live independently in later life.

The first two new Independent Living housing schemes for older people in Essex, Rosebank Park in Harwich, and Beaumont House in Walton, opened in 2017.

A third new scheme, Cornell Court in Saffron Walden, is due to open in summer 2018.

For more information about existing or future schemes, fill out our enquiry form.