New homes investment approved for Hertfordshire's older population
by Suruchi Sharma Thu 7th November 2019, 10:15 am
Around 750 homes will be developed for over-55s across Hertfordshire, after £33m of investment was approved to support the older population in the region.
Hertfordshire County Council approved the investment at a meeting on 28 October for homes that will provide flexible care services and community spaces.
It is predicted that by 2030 there will be around 70,000 extra older people in the county with almost half over the age of 75.
Hertfordshire also had an increase in the last two decades of elderly people aged between 65 and 74 living alone. To address this situation an estimated 750 new homes are planned to be built by 2022, in addition to 1,023 extra-care homes already available through private developers in the county.
The 750 new homes will be built to allow residents to stay within their communities, while having access to different levels of support either on site or nearby.
The county council will be working with a small number of development partners to build around 10 mixed developments that meet the county’s design needs.
The housing has to be designed so wheelchairs and other care equipment can fit, and developers would need to include community spaces in their plans including cafes and voluntary-sector club areas.
Residents will also be able to gain employment within the developments and can maintain garden areas and vegetable patches. The aim is to improve quality of life but to also reduce the financial impact on the NHS and council.