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£20m Extra Care developments planned

Published on 27 March 2015

THE city council is set to invest £2.45million in a scheme to create more than 150 new ‘extra care’ homes in Leicester.

Extra care homes are designed to help vulnerable and older people to live independently. The developments will be made possible by the sale of council-owned land at Hamelin Road, in Braunstone, and Tilling Road, in Beaumont Leys.

Under the plans, Leicester City Council will use £2.45million raised from Right To Buy council house sales to invest in the extra care housing. The council will sell the pieces of land for a discounted price of £1, to a consortium called Leicester Independent Living (LIL).

The land sale will mean the consortium invests around £20million in building new properties on the sites. Once built, the council will be able to nominate tenants for the accommodation from its housing waiting list.

Assistant city mayor responsible for adult social care, Cllr Rita Patel, said: “Transferring land in this way – in return for a developer building much-needed accommodation – is an ideal way in which we can invest in local communities, in partnership with specialist developers and social housing providers.

“We know that there is a real need for extra care homes across the city, because there are many people who want to live independently for longer.

“I’m really pleased that we have been able to provide the land for this development, which will help to ensure more vulnerable members of our society can live at the heart of our communities while still getting the support they need.”

Proposals for development on the two sites would see 78 new homes built at Tilling Road and 75 at Hamelin Road.

It’s been estimated that the value of the land is around £930,000 for Tilling Road and £790,000 for Hamelin Road. However, developing the sites for extra care, funded by the consortium, will bring in £20million of investment into the city by paving the way for the two developments.

The land at both sites is currently vacant, with other affordable housing currently being built on the Hamelin Road site as part of a first phase of work.

The LIL consortium is led by developers Ashley House Plc, who work closely with charities which support people with learning disabilities and undertake housing management on behalf of tenants. The construction will be undertaken by local contractor, Kier.

Detailed plans for the sites are now being drawn up, and it is hoped the first residents will be welcomed into the new homes by early 2017.

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