Find out about plan for £21m scheme

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Eastwood folk can find out more about plans for a £21m extra care housing scheme at a public consultation event next Monday, November 4.

The plans – for the old Walker Street School site – include 140 one and two bedroom apartments and bungalows, including 30 extra care units for residents that will have their care support funded by the council.

A public consultation event will take place at St Mary’s Church between 3pm and 7pm where council representatives will explain what extra care offers, and project architects will display plans and answer questions.

Developers Ashley House will invest £19.2m into the scheme, and Nottinghamshire County Council is proposing to invest the other £2.1m.

Jonathan Holmes, chief executive of Ashley House said: “We are keen to speak to local people to hear their views and discuss what this exciting scheme has to offer.”

Extra care is an extension to traditional supported housing where older people can live as independently as possible with the reassurance that care staff are on-site for 24 hours a day.

The new development will have flexible space and communal facilities to provide services such as a café, hairdressing salon, well-being clinic, fitness room, library and IT studio.

Activities may include a falls clinic and link to other health services such as chiropody. People from the wider community will also be encouraged to use the services.

Councillor Yvonne Woodhead, vice-chair of the county council’s adult social care and health committee, said: “We want to increase the choice available to older people needing support and extra care offers its residents greater independence than traditional residential care with the comfort of on-site care staff.”

It is hoped a planning application for the scheme will be submitted to Broxtowe Borough Council in December 2013.

For more information contact Allan Joyce Architect on 0115 841 8418, or email ncc-eastwood@allanjoycearchitects.co.uk.