Success in Saffron Walden
A new extra care scheme in Saffron Walden has been granted planning approval.
The 73-apartment scheme on Radwinter Road is the first affordable extra care development in Saffron Walden, and will offer a mixed community of rented, private and shared ownership homes for the over-55s.
The site for the development has been unused for more than five years, so the new home is a welcome boost for the local community. They will be able to rent high quality apartments, or purchase through shared ownership schemes or on an outright basis, while receiving care which meets their individual support needs.
Hunters' design includes 49 1-bed apartments and 24 2-bed apartments alongside a communal hub that provides residents with support, services, and activities. The design promotes independent living with a clear separation between communal and private residential areas. Common areas give residents a café, hairdresser, treatment room, and assisted bathing.
There are also a variety of outdoor communal spaces, such as a meandering communal garden, a large terrace off the lounge, and a roof terrace with a greenhouse and allotment planters.
Eddie Chen at Hunters said he was happy the scheme had attained planning approval: "Radwinter Road is a modern care home that's been designed from the inside out, with a keen awareness of how the residents would actually use the building. We're especially pleased that the council was so supportive of a design which is modern, but at the same time complementary of Saffron Walden's local characteristics."
It's expected that the scheme will start on site in October 2015.
Hunters' client is East Thames Group, the largest housing association operating in east London and Essex, managing more than 13,500 homes.