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Rural housing for elderly saved

Northumberland County Council has reaffirmed its commitment to rural housing and backing for an increase in independent supported living accommodation for older people with the purchase of a sheltered accommodation scheme Allendale, which otherwise would have closed.

The council has acquired  Arnison Close in Allendale after Anchor Housing indicated that they were no longer able to maintain providing services in Allendale and would be forced to close the building if they were unable to identify a suitable purchaser.

The purchase is in line with the council’s new Extra Care and Supported Housing strategy, which aims to deliver as much high quality accommodation with support, as is needed to provide independent living.

It consists of 14 flats and will now be added to the council’s housing management portfolio and be managed as part of the council’s overall housing stock, which already includes nine other sheltered housing schemes..

The council officially acquired the premises on Friday (31 Aug), when cabinet members and the local ward councillor met with tenants at a special welcome meeting.

Cllr John Riddle, cabinet member for housing at the council, said: “Providing and maintaining housing in rural areas is a key priority for this council.

“The acquisition of Arnison Close is a perfect example of where the council can step in and safeguard the future of homes for local people.”

Cllr Veronica Jones, cabinet member for adult wellbeing and health at the council, added: “There continues to be an increase in the need for supported housing in rural areas, where people can remain in the communities where they grew up or be close to family.

“Getting older should not be a barrier to living a full independent life, with a choice of appropriately designed, well located accommodation.

“If the council had not taken over this valuable accommodation it would have closed and residents may have been forced to move out of the area.”

The council will further invest in the property with modernisation and repair work planned for the future.
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