Extra care housing complex on track to open in spring

PUBLISHED: 07:06 17 November 2019

An artist's impression of Strawberry Gardens extra care facility planned for Yatton. Picture: Housing 21

An artist's impression of Strawberry Gardens extra care facility planned for Yatton. Picture: Housing 21

Housing 21

People who are struggling with their physical or mental health and need assistance are being urged to consider a new housing project, which is being built on the edge of Yatton.

Strawberry Gardens is a 60-flat development that will provide extra care for people who need support to maintain independent living.

The initiative is open to people aged 55 and older and North Somerset Council has half of the development to provide rented accommodation to those who need it.

There are eligibility rules in place to ensure those most in need benefit.

Building work has begun on the development, which is within the Bloor Homes estate at North End.

Half of the two-bedroom flats will be marketed by Housing 21, with the council responsible for the 30 rented properties.

The complex will feature a communal lounge, laundry room, beauty salon and a dining room where residents can choose to eat, if they do not want to stay in their flat.

The council's Cheryl Abrahams asked Yatton Parish Council to spread the word about the opportunities at Strawberry Gardens on Monday.

She said the development is an extra care facility, not a care home.

It means the residents will be able to access the home help they may require, such as aid with dressing or washing and can pull an emergency cord if they need urgent assistance.

Strawberry Gardens is open to people who are registered with the council's Home Choice scheme, who live in North Somerset, have care needs and individual savings of £23,250 or less.

Yatton parish councillor Jill Iles asked Ms Abraham whether people living in Yatton and Claverham could be prioritised in the scheme, to make sure they can remain part of the community.

Ms Abraham said they cannot prioritise one area of North Somerset over another, but urged people living in the two villages to apply for the scheme through Home Choice.

The first residents are expected to move into Strawberry Gardens in the spring.

It will be the sixth such extra care housing complex in North Somerset.

Three are in Worle, one in Winscombe and Hannover operates Waverley Court in Portishead.

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