Construction begins on £3.25m extension to extra care scheme

A ground-breaking ceremony has marked the start of construction of a new development of bungalows for over 55s.

Housing 21 met with representatives to officially launch the start of work on the bungalows adjacent to the existing Fry Court Extra Care living scheme in Great Ayton, North Yorkshire.

The £3.25m extension is being developed by Housing 21, a provider of retirement living and extra care for older people of modest means. This development is being built by Tolent and has received funding from Homes England.

This Extra Care extension will provide 15 two-bedroom bungalows for local people over the age of 55. There will be four properties available for social rent and 11 to buy through shared ownership.

Deborah Hope, head of development at Housing 21, said: “This new development will provide much needed, high-quality accommodation to support local older people and their changing needs. It will also provide space for residents to stay safely socially connected.”

Residents will benefit from a range of facilities already open at Fry Court, including a café/bistro and hair salon, which are already accessible to visitors and the local community.

The bungalows, located off Newton Road, are set for completion in spring 2023. The first residents are expected to move into their new homes in April 2023.

Councillor Michael Harrison, North Yorkshire County Council’s executive member for Adult Services and Health Integration, said: “Extra Care is a valuable asset for communities across North Yorkshire and this development will be a welcome addition at Great Ayton.

“Housing 21 is a provider with a great track record in North Yorkshire and their developments provide safe and secure accommodation while allowing the independence many people want to maintain.”

Chris Price, divisional director at Tolent, added: “It’s great to be back at Great Ayton, following the construction of Fry Court back in 2020 and another project in partnership with Housing 21.

“Works are progressing well on site with drainage and roads expected to be completed in the next few weeks, which will allow for the construction to commence on the units themselves when the site will really start to take shape.”

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