A flagship retirement village is set to become the first of its kind in Preston, as the city receives a multi-million pound housing boost.
Community Gateway Association (CGA) has received more than £3.1m of grant funding to develop new affordable homes across the city. The cash, from the Homes and Communities Agency, will be put towards 110 new houses, including 60 properties in a “ground-breaking” extra care scheme for the elderly.
The mini village will promote independent living and could have its own shops, cafe, pharmacy and even hairdresser on site.
It will also be open to people in the wider community, and the development will increase CGA’s stock of 6,105 homes.
Paul Roberts, head of business improvement at CGA, said 110 homes would be developed across five different schemes.
He explained: “The biggest single scheme will be the extra care one which is 60 homes.”
He described it as a “first for Preston” and said the facility would have a sheltered accommodation element to it.
He added: “It’s more of a community feel, almost a little village in itself, and it’s the first one in Preston.”
Another project hoped for within the new scheme is a community-led development. CGA has started a development of six two-bedroomed bungalows on the site of a former garage on Overton Road, led by the community who said they needed bungalows.
Mr Roberts added: “In the 2015-18 application we have some money for a community-led scheme, but that means we’ve to find a community that’s got an interest and knows it’s got a need and wants to do something.”
CGA bid for the funding, part of the HCA’s 2015-2018 affordable housing programme, through a consortium of housing associations in the North West called JVNorth.