Praise for £6mil­lion Fos­ters scheme

The Wokingham Paper - - PROPERTY -

SPE­CIAL guests praised a £6m devel­op­ment to help older peo­ple live in­de­pen­dently when they viewed the fi­nal phase of work at Wood­ley.

The Fos­ters Ex­tra Care Scheme will pro­vide 34 af­ford­able one-bed­room apart­ments on the site of a for­mer care home.

A party from Wok­ing­ham Bor­ough Coun­cil (WBC) Hold­ings Ltd was up­dated about progress on a tour of the pur­pose-built com­plex be­fore it of­fi­cially opens in the next few months.

Coun­cil leader Char­lotte Haitham Taylor, said: “Fos­ters Ex­tra Care Scheme is set to be an in­cred­i­bly valu­able as­set.

“It will help older peo­ple live in­de­pen­dently in their own homes whilst pro­vid­ing a range of com­mu­nal fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing sit­ting rooms and a large din­ing room.

“It is so im­por­tant to pro­vide this type of home and level of sup­port for the health and well­be­ing of older peo­ple, es­pe­cially at a time when our pop­u­la­tion con­tin­ues to thrive and en­joy longer life ex­pectan­cies.

“Devel­op­ment of the site has pro­gressed ex­tremely well and we’re look­ing for­ward to see­ing the first res­i­dents move in.”

Apart­ments in the devel­op­ment in Fos­ters Lane will in­clude a pri­vate bal­cony or ter­race, walk-in wet­room, dou­ble bed­room and an open-plan kitchen/liv­ing area.

While en­abling older peo­ple live se­curely and pri­vately in their own home, ex­tra care will be avail­able if needed.

As well as two sit­ting rooms and a din­ing room, com­mu­nal fa­cil­i­ties will in­clude a laun­dry room and ac­com­mo­da­tion for guests.

Wok­ing­ham Hous­ing (WHL), which is wholly owned by the coun­cil, is man­ag­ing the pro­ject in part­ner­ship with de­vel­oper R J Leigh­field and Sons Ltd.

Once fin­ished, the scheme will be trans­ferred to WHL’s sis­ter com­pany, Lod­don Homes Lim­ited.

The scheme, which is be­ing funded by a mix­ture of gov­ern­ment grant, de­vel­oper con­tri­bu­tions and bor­row­ing, is ex­pected to cre­ate up to 30 jobs.

More than 40% of the labour on the site is lo­cal. De­vel­oper R J Leigh­field and Sons Ltd has also had two ap­pren­tices and a twoweek school place­ment stu­dent on the site.

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