First Brick Laid on Site at Wateringbury Independent Living Scheme
The charity’s executive directors joined the site team from Jenner to mark the first milestone in the development project, which is due for completion in the summer of 2020.
Once complete, the scheme will provide 51 one- and two-bedroom apartments for over 55s, as well as on site communal facilities, including a hair salon and restaurant, care and support.
The apartments will be available on an affordable rent basis, via Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, to buy through Older Person’s Shared Ownership (OPSO) and to buy on the open market, providing much needed accommodation, which is both appropriate and affordable for those in later life.
With the majority of retirement housing benefiting those in urban areas, the scheme will be a necessary provision and of great benefit to the village.
Leon Steer, Chief Executive of Rapport Housing & Care said: “We are thrilled to be able to celebrate work starting on site today, the scheme has been in the pipeline for a few years now, so it is great to be making a start.
“Like most rural communities, Wateringbury will need provision of housing for older people, so that those who have lived in the village all of their life, do not need to move away because the support they need is unavailable. Part of our charitable ethos is to provide housing and care to those of all walks of life, so we are delighted to be supporting the community here in Wateringbury, in addition to providing a number of affordable apartments.”
The Wateringbury scheme is part of a development project that will see Rapport Housing & Care deliver 235 apartments for over 55s within three years. To find out more, visit www.rapporthousingandcare.co.uk.
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