A PLANNED £11.6million retirement village in Sunderland has scored a hole-in-one with the people who will live there.
Residents from Croftside House will be moving to the new development and developer Gentoo has involved them in making decisions about their new home – including choosing its name.
They selected Haddington Vale for the extra-care building, with the neighbouring street to be named Knightswood.
Ninety-four-year-old Eliza Appleby is Croftside’s longest-standing resident. She said they based the names on Scottish golf courses, to link with street names in Doxford Park.
Included in the plans is a extra-care facility, as well as 40 extra-care apartments, 40 older person’s apartments and 14 bungalows.
Haddington Vale and Knightswood will offer communal facilities, including a hairdresser, residents’ lounge, games room and fully-landscaped gardens, together with a garden designed for those who have dementia.
Planning permission has been approved and remediation works have begin on the site.
Construction will begin next month and the project should be complete by April next year.
The development is part of the wider regeneration of Doxford Park.
Houses built in 1969, which were expected to have a life-span of 30 years, were previously on the site and were demolished when they were assessed as being beyond repair.
Gentoo chief executive Peter Walls said: “We all come to these junctions in life where we have to plan for the future.
“It is our intention to provide the best housing we can, with state-of-the-art facilities for those who need it now and also for future generations. It will be a big change for the residents, but a change that we can all look forward to together.”
The development was part-funded by the Housing and Communities Agency (HCA) after Gentoo submitted a bid for funding under its 2011-2015 Affordable Homes Programme.
Included in the bid was the Doxford Park Extra-Care Scheme, which was allocated a total of £1.4million.
Neil Reveley, executive director of health, housing and adult services at Sunderland City Council, said: “We are committed to promoting independent living for older people, and Haddington Vale is another example of how we are working with partners such as Gentoo to provide this opportunity through supported accommodation.
“This new housing development is another great step forward in achieving our shared aims, with the design helping to encourage community spirit among the residents.”