Southern Housing Group’s new extra care development, Green Meadows, has opened in Freshwater.
The innovative £11m scheme was delivered by a partnership including Southern Housing Group, Lovell Later Living, Isle of Wight Council and Funding Affordable Homes Housing Association.
A ribbon cutting event and tour was held on 10 November to mark the completion of 75 affordable rent and shared ownership apartments including 45 one-bedroom and 30 two-bedroom flats.
The Green Meadows scheme builds on the existing relationship of all the partners and is supported by Homes England. Appropriate housing for older people and people with care and support needs is in high demand on the Island with the Council highlighting the need for further new extra care homes in the future.
The scheme is owned and funded by Funding Affordable Homes Housing Association. Day to day management is provided by Southern Housing Group who will operate and manage the scheme as well as providing care and support to residents.
Naomi Keyte, Head of Care and Sheltered Services at Southern Housing Group, said: “We are thrilled to be part of this unique and high-quality development supporting the Island’s community in the West Wight.
“Green Meadows provides older people and people with a care and support need, the opportunity to remain living independently in their own home with responsive care available 24/7 delivered by a dedicated team of staff based on site.”
Paula Broadbent, Managing Director of Lovell Later Living, said: “I am excited for us to have completed in Partnership, another vital extra care scheme on the Isle of Wight.
“Green Meadows marks significant progress in the response required to meet the needs for extra care across the island. It was a pleasure to see customers having moved in and settling into their new homes.
“The opportunity this development creates for local older people, being supported to live affordably and independently in a home of their own, developing a new, thriving community that will provide long term jobs for local people are outcomes that we are all very proud of being part of.
“Extra care housing plays a vital role in enabling people to retain their independence in later life and we are committed to supporting our Partners develop schemes people need and aspire to.”
Leader of the Isle of Wight Council Councillor, Lora Peacey Wilcox, said: “Green Meadows is another contribution to making the council’s Independent Living Strategy a reality.
“This new development significantly improves the housing offer for older and more vulnerable members of our community.
“Green Meadows will give Island people who are looking to move to extra care accommodation another, better option. I sincerely thank Southern Housing, Funding Affordable Homes Housing Association and Lovell Later Living for their investment in our Island”.
Paul Munday, CEO Funding Affordable Homes Housing Association, said: “Our objective is to help fund and increase the supply of quality new affordable housing across the UK. Our funds are contributing to reducing the housing crisis across the country. We are delighted that this partnership successfully completed this wonderful new building and that the residents can now move in and make this their new home and community. We wish everyone well. ”