Building work is underway on a new Extra Care scheme in West Sussex.
The new initiative, being developed in Westergate by Housing 21 in partnership with Arun District Council and West Sussex County Council, will provide 60 one and two bedroom apartments for rent and shared ownership.
Once completed, it will offer people over the age of 55 a range of services and facilities, including a 24 hour on-site care team for those who need it, a café/bistro, hair salon and communal lounge.
Amanda Jupp, cabinet member for Adults and Health said: “Enabling people to retain their independence in later life is a significant priority for the County Council, so I’m excited to see the start of this new scheme. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Housing 21 which will own and manage the scheme, and with Arun District Council which has also helped to make this scheme possible.”
The development will be named Monaveen in memory of the royal racehorse, which was the first horse to run in The Queen’s colours and made its first winning appearance at local racecourse, Fontwell Park in October 1949.
It is set for completion in December 2020 with the first residents set to move into their homes in early 2021.
Tracy Jones, Head of Extra Care at Housing 21 said: “We will be working closely with the local schools, older peoples groups and the social work teams in Westergate to ensure a fully integrated and community feel to the scheme upon opening. This ceremony marks the beginning of a very exciting build journey in West Sussex.”