Stroud District Council Chairman Gary Powell officially opened the new independent living scheme at Tanners Piece today (Thursday 20 June). This scheme is the first independent living scheme to be built by SDC following the recent development and adoption of SDC’s Older People’s Housing Strategy which includes the rebranding of sheltered housing to independent living.
Stroud District Council have invested in excess of £1.5 million in the delivery of these new homes which have taken approximately 9 months to complete. It is part of an £8million investment in the modernisation of its sheltered housing accommodation. The redevelopment delivers new affordable homes through our New Homes Programme. Eight prefabricated bungalows were demolished to make way for 11 new independent living apartments with a mix of 1 and 2 bedroom properties which have been built for rent.
The block is specifically designed for older people with a purpose built mobility scooter store and passenger lift. The corridors in the block are colour themed to help provide distinct areas which will aid navigation around the building. This is particularly helpful for people who are unfamiliar with the building or who have dementia.
Each property has further enhancements to make the lives of older people that little bit easier – including level access showers, radiator thermostats at a high level (to reduce bending down), wider doorways to allow ease of access.
The properties are energy efficient and easy to heat,, reducing the cost of energy bills. The properties also benefit from lots of natural light, great views in a fantastic location close to the town centre,
The properties have been designed by Quattro Design Architects and built by E G Carter & Co Ltd, who has gone above and beyond to build relationships with local residents throughout the challenging construction process.
Chair of Housing and Labour Councillor Chas Townley commented: –
“This development of eleven homes has been an amazing transformation which has created eleven modern energy efficient homes which are well suited to meet the future needs of our older residents who aspire to continue living independently.”
Cllr Steve Robinson Labour Ward Councillor for Nailsworth and Horsley: –
“These beautiful apartments replace 8 x prefabricated bungalows. I look forward to welcoming the residents who will be moving in next week. Some of them were residents from the previous scheme.”