A ‘first’ in Spalding with affordable extra care homes on way?

The site of proposed apartments for vulnerable people on council-owned land in King's Road, Spalding. ANL-160425-155321001
The site of proposed apartments for vulnerable people on council-owned land in King's Road, Spalding. ANL-160425-155321001

Some 39 affordable apartments for vulnerable people could be built on King’s Road, Spalding, with the first scheme of its kind in South Holland.

The district council is paving the way for a development on the opposite side of the roundabout to the Sainsbury’s filling station by selling land at £106,500 – half its market valuation – to Lace Housing.

... “a fantastic, good news story” ...

Councillor Christine Lawton

As well as the council helping to provide much-needed affordable homes for the elderly, frail and disabled, it will use the sum received from the land sale to reinvest in the delivery of yet more homes through the authority’s own housing company, Welland Homes Ltd.

Extra care housing is not a care home – it is a person’s own home and usually consists of one or two-bed, self-contained apartments complete with kitchen, dining room and bath/shower room.

Council strategic housing manager Matthew Hogan says in a report to the cabinet that extra care housing is designed to support independent living and describes it as “an especially effective form of housing to meet the needs of those with dementia”.

He says: “Extra care housing is designed around a number of key principles; supporting independence whilst providing care and support, encouraging social interaction and engagement, supporting dignity and quality of life, and providing a setting of choice as opposed to last resort.”

The report recommending delivery of extra care housing will go to the cabinet on Tuesday, May 3.

Council housing portfolio holder Christine Lawton said we have an ageing population in the district – people are living longer but they are living longer with disabilities.

She described the extra care housing project as “a fantastic, good news story” for the district because it will bring specialised accommodation for vulnerable people to Spalding for the first time at a price people can afford.

Coun Lawton said it’s likely the homes will be available either for rent or through shared equity and it will be cheaper than options in the private sector.

She said: “This is much more in keeping with local incomes, local financial capabilities.”

Extra care housing is perfect for people who want to keep their independence but need some care and support in order to do that.

Just over a year ago, South Holland District Council decided to make the delivery of extra care housing a priority.

It agreed to provide such housing through “a high quality, reputable and specialist provider” and made a commitment to explore the use of council assets as a catalyst for helping to bring about a scheme.