A COUPLE are among the first tenants at new ‘extra care’ social housing in Dewsbury built using private finance.
John Hubbard and wife Susan, both 48, arrived at Woodland Court on School Lane, Dewsbury Moor, last Wednesday.
The flats are for people with medical or social care needs and are among 466 new homes built by contractor Regenter Excellent Homes for Life.
John has the muscle-wasting condition muscular dystrophy, which means he needs round-the-clock care.
The couple’s former one-bedroom council property was no longer meeting their needs and so they switched to Woodland Court.
It has shared facilities for tenants, including an activity room, therapy suite, a restaurant and access to medical help.
Support provider Radis Community Care won a contract from Kirklees Council to run services at Woodland Court.
Susan said: “It means a lot as John can regain some of his independence. He can move around by himself and be less dependent on me as his carer.
“Knowing that John will also be safe and able to get help in an emergency if I’m not around is also very reassuring.”
Cleaning, maintenance and repairs will be done by Regenter while Radis will be responsible for day-to-day management.
Regenter Excellent Homes for Life is a consortium of John Laing, Pinnacle PSG and Wates Living Space.
They are building social housing at 27 sites across the district, including three ‘extra care’ facilities.
Regenter has a 20-year private finance deal with Kirklees Council which will cost taxpayers £102.5m, an average of £219,000 per property.
Coun Molly Walton, Kirklees Council cabinet member for adult social care, hailed the development.
She said: “The new extra care housing schemes are among the most important ever commissioned by the council.
“Most people prefer to live in their own home for as long as possible and these schemes offers the opportunity to do this.”
For more information about applying for an extra care flat call Kirklees Council Gateway to Care on 01484 414933.