The mayor of Greater Manchester has opened a new affordable housing development that includes 15 homes designed specifically for those living with cognitive conditions, including dementia.
During a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, Andy Burnham praised social housing and community services provider One Manchester for bringing “the future of housing” to Openshaw.
The provider said it worked closely with partners such as Dementia United, Alzheimer’s Society and the Salford Institute of Dementia to ensure that the 15 bungalows were fit for purpose.
The age-friendly homes have been built next to 12 new family houses, available on Shared Ownership, to encourage intergenerational living.
Congratulating the partners on the development, Burnham said: “Greater Manchester is the only UK city region designated by the World Health Organisation as Age Friendly, and when you walk into South Gate, that’s what this development is all about.
“The Greater Manchester Health and Care Partnership have identified that around 15 to 20,000 units of this kind are needed across the 10 boroughs, and One Manchester are showing that working in partnership with specialist health care providers can help us achieve that target.
“South Gate is an amazing scheme and is bringing the future of housing to Openshaw. I’m proud to be here and delighted to open this new development.”
One Manchester chief executive Dave Power talked about the company’s ambition to enable older people developing cognitive conditions to live independently for as long as possible.
“South Gate is all about reinvesting in our communities and making a place that is inclusive for all residents. Building isn’t just about more homes, although vital for Manchester, but homes that are in the right place, the right type, at the right price and are inclusive of all people,” he said.
“This new development is a bridge between those living in unsuitable, independent homes, and residential care, allowing people to live in an environment which is safe, well-designed and catered for residents.”
Caption: (L-R) One Manchester CEO Dave Power and Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.