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Councillors welcome Extra Care Housing in Harraby

Cumbria County Council has welcomed the development of a new Extra Care Housing scheme on the site of the former Petteril House care home in Harraby.

The council made the site available to prospective developers, with HomeGroup emerging as the approved developer following a competitive process. HomeGroup are now committing £12m of capital investment to deliver 65 new Extra Care Housing units on the site. On Tuesday, HomeGroup hosted a public consultation event as part of their planning approval process.

The units will be available at affordable rents, and as part of the deal Cumbria County Council has secured the right to nominate people, who have been assessed by Adult Social Care as having a need for care and support, for tenancies. This is all part of delivering the council’s long term vision for ensuring people are able to access the right type of care and support when they need it.

The Harraby development is the latest Cumbria County Council-led Extra Care Housing project to get underway following other in-progress developments in Windermere and Penrith.

Councillor Deborah Earl, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Local Member for Harraby South, said: “It’s fantastic that this new scheme is progressing and it will be a huge asset to the local area, giving older people the chance to stay in their community, close to friends and family, for as long as possible. The plans for how the scheme will involve the community and become a real focal point are really exciting and I’m delighted that Cumbria County Council is leading the way.”

Councillor Patricia Bell, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “We’re delighted that this scheme is progressing. It will provide an attractive housing option for older people that will help them live independent lives for as long as possible, something we know is a priority for them. The council is committed to increasing the availability of Extra Care Housing across the county and this is just the latest scheme to get to underway.”

The development includes 40 one bedroom and 25 two bedroom apartments. Work is expected start on site in summer 2020, with completion in early 2022.

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