The Westerton Walk project is a pioneering new scheme in Leeds that is set to transform housing for older people with care needs.
The site at Amblers Orchard, West Ardsley – formerly the West Ardsley Day Centre – is the first phase of Leeds City Council’s ambitious extra care housing programme which will see seven state of the art buildings constructed that will provide a new home to over 400 residents.
Morgan Sindall Later Living are delivering the project in partnership between the Council and Home Group, one of the UK’s leading providers of housing, health and social care.
Extra care housing is primarily for people who have care and support needs, are no longer able to live unaided in their own home and may previously have had to enter full-time residential care. Each extra care tenant has their own flat but with full on-site access to shared facilities, dining, activities and 24/7 emergency help. This differentiates it from other forms of traditional retirement living, helping to preserve the residents’ independence while at the same time preventing social isolation.
Leeds City Council has dedicated £30m to the programme and will develop three of the seven sites through this funding, while specialist developers Morgan Sindall Later Living and Home Group will develop the remaining four sites.
The Amblers Orchard site – due for completion in July 2021 – will comprise of 63 extra care housing apartments, 100 per cent of which will be affordable homes for rent, while its communal facilities will be open to the public.