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Official Topping Out ceremony at new £9 million Independent Living housing scheme in Walton-on-the-Naze

19 October 2016

Construction professionals
A new Independent Living housing scheme that will boost the housing options for older people in north Essex moved a step closer to completion with an Official Topping Out ceremony on Friday 14 October. 

The ceremony marked completion of the roof at Beaumont House, a new £9 million Independent Living housing scheme currently being built on the site of the former Martello Caravan Park in Walton-on-the-Naze.

Once completed Beaumont House will feature 60 attractive one and two bedroom self-contained apartments in addition to communal facilities including a residents’ lounge, dining area, private garden, mobility scooter store and guest room.

The apartments, which will be available for affordable rent, will enable local older people with a care need to continue to live independently with the added security of care and support from One Housing Group’s Season homes, who will manage the site.

The scheme, supported by a £1.7 million funding contribution from Essex County Council, is being delivered by Ashley House plc and is scheduled to open its doors to the first residents in March 2017.

Cllr Malcolm Maddocks, Essex County Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Aged Care, said: “Essex County Council is investing £27.7 million in Independent Living housing for older people between now and 2021 to enable residents to maintain choice and control in later life. Beaumont House, in Walton-on-the-Naze, will provide local people with the opportunity to retain their independence and maximise their quality of life. Our investment in Independent Living housing is an essential part of how we care for our residents in later life.”

Paul Honeywood, Tendring District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This scheme is a very welcome and valuable addition to housing provision in Tendring and fits with the Council’s aim to provide local homes for local people. It also helps to meet our goal of supporting vulnerable residents. In will provide them with both independence and security.”

Tony Walters, Chief Executive, Ashley House plc said: “It is fantastic to see all the hard work everyone has put in becoming reality with the progress on the Beaumont House scheme. Ashley House is all about delivering community property solutions through enduring partnerships and we are delighted to be working closely with Essex County Council, Tendring District Council, contractor EJ Taylor, Funding Affordable Homes and One Housing Group to deliver this much needed facility for the local community. We look forward to it opening its doors next year and making a positive difference to local people’s lives.”

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

Independent Living is self-contained housing that enables people from the local community to retain their independence, in a home of their own, with 24 hour care and support on site.

To be eligible for Independent Living housing an individual must be aged 55 or over, have an assessed care need of at least six hours per week and a connection to the local area of the scheme.

A further Independent Living scheme in Tendring, Rosebank Park, is currently under development in Harwich and will open in November.

Individuals wishing to express an interest about living in an Independent Living scheme can contact ECC’s Customer Service centre on 0345 6037630, email socialcaredirect@essex.gov.uk or visit essex.gov.uk/indyliving.