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First brick laid at £9 million scheme for older people in Walton-on-the-Naze

4 May 2016

A new £9 million Independent Living complex in Walton-on-the-Naze has moved a step closer to completion after the first brick was laid on Thursday 28 April. 


The Walton-on-the-Naze Independent Living complex is being built on the site of the former Martello Caravan Park. Once complete the main building will feature 60 stylish, self-contained one and two-bedroom apartments.


The completed apartments will enable older people with a connection to the local area to continue to live independently, with the added security of care and support provided by Season – part of One Housing - who will manage the complex.


The scheme is being delivered by Ashley House plc and is scheduled to be completed during spring 2017. Essex County Council is supporting the development with £1.7 million grant funding through its Independent Living programme.


Cllr Malcolm Maddocks, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults & Children, laid the first brick to mark the scheme’s progression to its next phase of development. 


Cllr Maddocks said: “Essex has an ageing population and it is important the infrastructure is in place to meet people’s changing needs. We are committed to helping residents maintain their independence and projects such as this one in Tendring play a vital role in ensuring we can continue to do that.”


Kevin Beirne, Group Director of Housing Care and Support at One Housing, said: “Living in a high-quality home makes a huge difference to older people’s quality of life. Season apartments are all about creating a great quality of life in stylish yet affordable places that people are proud to call home. These apartments will offer some of the best facilities for older people in Walton-on-the-Naze and enable them to live independently with the security of our award-winning care and support service.”


Jonathan Holmes, Commercial Director at Ashley House plc, said: “It has been a real pleasure to see these 60 purpose designed apartments coming out of the ground. The ceremony showed what real partnership working can achieve – it is not easy to deliver and both Essex County Council, Tendring District Council, One Housing and ourselves are delighted with the results so far.  We all look forward to seeing people move in next year.”


Cllr Mark Platt, Vice Chairman of Tendring District Council, said: “This scheme fits in well with the Council’s policy of local homes for local people and will deliver a very specific type of accommodation for a certain section of our community in Tendring. It will offer them the chance to live independently but with the necessary back-up that their individual circumstances require. I was delighted to be invited to be part of the brick laying ceremony and look forward to the completion of the project next year, especially as it is on my home patch of Frinton and Walton.”


Residents who would like to register their interest in the Walton-on-the-Naze Independent Living scheme should contact Ashley House by phone on 01628 600340 or by emailing