Plans for 60 Independent Living homes for older people will “breathe new life” into a derelict plot of land thanks to another flagship Essex County Council development.
Essex Housing has undertaken design and secured planning permission to build on the former NHS site in Coppins Road, Clacton, which has been empty for more than seven years.
It is the Council’s third Independent Living scheme in the Tendring district, following the opening of Rosebank Park in Harwich and Beaumont House in Walton-on-the-Naze.
The complex scheme, which has a shared restaurant, garden, salon and lounge, allows people to live independently in the comfort of their own homes, so they can enjoy longer lives without needing to depend on social care services.
Cllr John Spence, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “We have pledged to invest £27 million over the next five years to create 1,800 Independent Living homes across Essex.
“Over the next decade, our older population is set to grow by 21 per cent, accounting for over half of all population growth in the county.
“Developments like these are giving older people an alternative to residential care, one that means they can enjoy longer, healthier and fulfilling lives independently in their own homes.”
It is another milestone for Essex Housing, the council’s in-house team that works with public sector partners to identify surplus taxpayer-owned land for development.
So far Essex Housing has obtained planning permission to build 156 properties countywide on surplus land and has submitted applications for another 179 homes.
Meanwhile, feasibility studies are underway at another 22 sites to see if they are suitable for housing, all part of a £42 million investment over the next five years to speed up the delivery of new homes.
Demolition at Coppins Road is set to begin on September 4 before construction starts.
The solar-powered complex will include 45 one-bedroom and 15 two-bedroom apartments, all with their own kitchens, bathrooms and living space. Half the properties will be available for purchase and the other for affordable rent.
Cllr Sue Lissimore, cabinet member responsible for housing, said: “Our plans will breathe new life into an underused piece of publicly-owned land
“This vacant site was costing the NHS money to secure and maintain lying empty, but the sale proceeds go back into the health service.
“Our plans not only provide stylish and contemporary homes tailor-made for the needs of the county’s growing older population, but they also free up larger homes for families and begin to address to the housing shortage in Essex.”
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