Westerton Walk

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.

“Extra care housing is proving to be an extremely popular option as it offers tailored accommodation and individual support to older people. There’s a critical shortage of extra care housing and this new Council programme will not only go a substantial way towards the city meeting the target of 1,000 extra care homes across the city by 2028 but act as a catalyst to promote wider development by other providers.”

Leeds City Council’s executive member for communities Councillor Debra Coupar

“We’ve listened to feedback from older and disabled people as to what they want to help realise their aspirations, and have reflected this in the programme as part of our drive to make Leeds the best city to grow old in. I’m delighted work has now started on the first site in West Ardsley and look forward to monitoring the scheme’s overall progress in the months and years ahead.”

Leeds City Council’s executive member for health, wellbeing and adults Councillor Rebecca Charlwood

“We’re delighted work in Leeds is underway, and can’t wait to welcome our first residents next year. Community wellbeing at Home Group includes extra care services where housing and health can be integrated to maximise independence. We want to keep people active for longer, less isolated and empowered to do the things they love in life, and are excited to be working alongside Leeds City Council to achieve this.”

Lindsay Courtney, strategic lead for service design and practice at Home Group

“Morgan Sindall Later Living is delighted that the first of four exciting Extra Care projects that we are delivering in partnership with Leeds City Council and specialist Registered Provider Home Group is now on site. The scheme has been developed with comprehensive community consultation and we look forward to delivering a high-quality build with local contractor Torsion Group.”

Laurence Basturkmen, director of later living, Morgan Sindall Later Living