Ribbon cut on £11 million housing scheme for older people in Harwich

22nd June 2017

A pioneering £11 million housing scheme for older people in Harwich, developed by Ashley House and the first to be delivered by Essex County Council’s £27 million investment in creating new Independent Living homes, is now officially open.

Rosebank Park Independent Living Housing Scheme

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The ribbon was cut on Rosebank Park, which offers housing for local people aged 55 and over who have a care need, by its first resident, Julie Beazley, 60, at a celebratory event for residents on Thursday 22 June.

Rosebank Park, located adjacent to Fryatt Hospital, Main Road, is managed by Season and offers 70 stylish apartments designed to meet local people’s changing needs in later life. Each self-contained apartment features one or two bedrooms, a modern open plan living, kitchen and dining area and bathroom. Residents also benefit from communal facilities including a residents’ lounge, dining room, mobility scooter store with charging points and private courtyard garden.

The scheme was developed by Ashley House and their funding partner Funding Affordable Homes. Essex County Council supported the development of the scheme with a funding contribution of £1.7 million. The local authority will invest a total of £27 million to help create up to 1,800 new Independent Living homes to meet demand around the county over the next five years.

A second new Independent Living scheme in Tendring, Beaumont House in Walton-on-the-Naze, is set to welcome its first residents in July 2017. To find out more about Rosebank Park, and Independent Living homes in Essex, visit www.independentessex.co.uk or www.seasonhomes.co.uk.

Cllr John Spence, Cabinet Member for Health & Social Care, Essex County Council, said:
Our ambition is to provide the maximum help we can so that people in later life can have the best quality of life at a cost we can afford. And that’s why our Independent Living programme, and Rosebank Park, are so important. Our investment has enabled people to have the quality of like that they want, in a safe and pleasant environment.

Paul Honeywood, Tendring District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “It is fantastic news that Tendring is the first to get these new homes and more are to follow at Walton later this summer. It gives people – especially some of our most vulnerable people – another choice and one that means they can continue to live independently at home. We fully support this initiative.

Jonathan Holmes, Commercial Director, Ashley House, said: “Seeing local people today enjoying living in these great new homes is a real privilege and the reason our team work so hard with like-minded partners to deliver schemes like Rosebank Park.

Kevin Beirne, Group Director of Housing Care and Support, One Housing, said: “These modern, stylish and spacious apartments will help older people in Harwich continue to live independently in a cleverly designed home. I love seeing the huge difference to residents’ lives our Season team has already made, making them smile and helping to build a fantastic community.”

Video of Opening Ceremony

Includes interview with residents, Cllr John Spence, Cabinet Member for Health & Social Care, Essex County Council and Kevin Beirne, Group Director of Housing Care and Support, One Housing: https://vimeo.com/222752938