£1m scheme to build 60 apartments in East Ardsley

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Leeds City Council is set to build another extra care scheme following a successful funding bid for 45 homes on the site of the former Westerton Day Centre in East Ardsley.

The Homes and Communities Agency has approved £1,575,000 for homes designed for older people.

The council is currently developing designs for the site and expects to be able to build approximately 50 to 60 apartments.

The first extra care scheme to be built and run by Leeds City Council, Wharfedale View, is already taking shape in Yeadon.

Both schemes will have properties available to rent or buy in shared ownership and will allow people to retain their independence in a safe environment.

People will be able to choose how they want to be supported as their care needs change.

The scheme is part of the authority’s ambitious council house growth programme which will see around 1,000 new homes built over the next three years.

Coun Lisa Mulherin, executive member for health and wellbeing, said: “We’re delighted that the funding has been approved as we’re keen to continue to provide homes that are designed with our older generation in mind.

“This new facility and Wharfedale View in Yeadon will give people the choice on the level of support and care they need to let them live independently as long as possible.”

Coun Richard Lewis, executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said: “Both these extra care schemes will demonstrate that in providing a safe and supportive environment for older people, we can also offer the best in design which will help set the standard for other, similar developments.”

The new extra care scheme will conform to the Leeds Standard, embodying the best in design and energy efficiency.

The council will demonstrate through its own homes that quality design with set standards for space, heating, ventilation, flexibility, character and green space can leave a positive legacy for communities.

The funding was awarded following a bid to the Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund (CASSH).