Wallingford’s new extra care housing scheme taking shape

Older people with a range of care needs are set to benefit from the completion of a new block of extra care housing in Wallingford.

Extra care housing is designed for older people or those with learning disabilities so that they can independently rent or buy their own home but at the same time have access to round-the-clock care.

The Millcroft development is being built by Season Homes, who build and manage retirement housing for sale and shared ownership across London and the South East.

The scheme is in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council linked to its responsibilities for adult social care and South Oxfordshire District Council as housing authority. It is expected to open by the end of Summer.

There will be 20 one-bedroom and 10 two-bedroom spacious and modern apartments available to rent for over 55s who receive a care package and a further ten available for purchase under shared ownership.

The development will include a communal dining area, a licensed bar and a garden and will be based at Tumim Court – a 15 minute walk from Wallingford’s shops.

There are currently 16 extra care housing schemes in Oxfordshire containing more than 830 individual units.

Track record

Councillor Lawrie Stratford, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “We’ve a strong  track record of creating extra care housing in Oxfordshire, working with the district councils and housing providers.

“Many years ago extra care housing did not exist to any great degree and the choice was between people staying in their own home or going in to a care home. Extra care housing offers the best of both worlds and we’re proud that it is such an encouraging feature of life now in the county.

“As is the case in so many other locations in Oxfordshire, people can live in their own apartment, enjoy a level of independence but still receive personal care and practical support from care staff who are on site at all times. I look forward to seeing Millcroft thrive.”

Purpose built

Cllr Lynn Lloyd, Cabinet Member for Housing at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We worked hard to negotiate and secure extra care as part of the affordable housing contribution on this scheme. Older people across the district will now benefit from this purpose built accommodation with support available to support a range of care needs.”

Live independently

Kevin Beirne, Group Director for Housing Care and Support at One Housing, said: “These modern, stylish and spacious apartments will help older people in Wallingford continue to live independently in a cleverly designed home. I love seeing the huge difference to residents’ lives our team has made, making them smile and helping build a fantastic community.”

If you would like to make further inquiries about the development contact Joanna Fisher on 033 00 535 121 or 07748 182822.