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New homes set to replace sheltered housing in Craven
12:00pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
Plans to replace sheltered housing in Craven with both affordable and homes for older people have been given a cash boost from the government.
Yorkshire Housing, the social landlord responsible for the sites, plans to invest £3 million in the schemes, of which £585,000 has been received from the Home and Communities Agency.
In January, Yorkshire Housing announced the closure of the three schemes, as well as homes at Greatwood Close, because they were deemed not fit for purpose.
So far, 31 residents out of the 84 units are waiting to be rehoused to “suitable alternative accommodation”.
Yorkshire Housing, which initially said it had no plans to build accommodation for older people, relented following pressure from residents and Craven District Council.
It now hopes to build two bedroom flats at Roughaw Close, which could be used for older people, or those with limited mobility.
A common room is not so far included in the plans, while the other two sites are destined to be redeveloped with family homes.
Celia Cashman, Yorkshire Housing’s services director, said: “In the Craven area there is a shortage of affordable homes, and people who have lived in the area all their lives can find themselves priced out. These new developments will offer high-quality homes for local people, whatever their age. They will be homes for the 21st century.”
Yorkshire Housing said the sheltered housing schemes were difficult to let out, because they were not up to modern standards, although residents, some in their 90s who had lived in the schemes for decades, claimed to be content and unwilling to move.
“These sheltered schemes were difficult to let and not suitable for modern living – to have kept them open would have meant we were failing the people of Craven,” said Ms Cashman.
“We are working closely with customers and their families to find new homes. No-one will have to move from the schemes until they have found suitable alternative accommodation in an area of their choice, together with the care and support that they need.”
She added that residents were being helped with their moving, including assistance with packing and redecoration.
“So far customers have been very pleased with their new homes – many were living in bedsits at the sheltered schemes, and they have found their new accommodation to be a vast improvement,” she said.
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