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Go ahead for new homes in Braintree

21 November 2017
preview of new homes in Basildon and Bocking

More older people in the Braintree district will be able to live independently, after plans to create 99 new specialist homes were given the go ahead by Essex County Council.

ECC has awarded Abbeyfield Housing Braintree and Bocking a £1.3 million grant to develop a new Independent Living housing scheme for older people at Church Lane, Bocking.

The new, self-contained homes will offer 24 hour emergency care and support to residents. They will help people who may otherwise live in residential care, or a home of their own that no longer meets their needs, to continue to live independently in the local community.

Under the plans 37 homes would be affordable and 62 homes would be for sale.

Construction of the homes is expected to be completed in March 2019.

Abbeyfield Housing Braintree and Bocking were given planning permission to build the homes by Braintree District Council in 2016.

ECC’s contribution is part of its Independent Living programme, which will see £27.7 million invested to help the development of self-contained homes for the county’s ageing population.

John Spence, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “Independent living housing helps older people to continue to live in a home of their own but with the peace of mind of 24-hour care, if they need it.

“Our investment in this scheme at Bocking will help more people in the Braintree district to live in a safe property in later life that gives them the freedom to come and go as they please.”

Independent Living housing is sometimes referred to as Assisted Living or Extra Care. It is seen as a positive alternative to residential care homes for people who can continue to live independently in later life.

The first two new Independent Living housing schemes for older people in Essex, Rosebank Park in Harwich, and Beaumont House in Walton, opened in 2017.

A third new scheme, Cornell Court in Saffron Walden, is due to open in summer 2018.

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