Work gets underway at district's first independent living site in Saffron Walden

PUBLISHED: 14:16 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:16 10 July 2017

Work has begun on a new independent living development in Saffron Walden. Picture: ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL

Work has begun on a new independent living development in Saffron Walden. Picture: ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL

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Work has begun on a £12 million independent living housing scheme in Saffron Walden.

An artist's impression of what the development will look like once it's finished. Picture: ESSEX COUNTY COUNCILAn artist's impression of what the development will look like once it's finished. Picture: ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL

The development, dubbed Cornell Court, is being built opposite the Tesco superstore in Radwinter Road, and will be the first of its kind in the district.

Once complete, the site will offer 73 self-contained one and two-bedroom apartments, with 40 available for rent and 33 for shared ownership.

The properties will also feature modern open-plan living areas, with a kitchen, dining space and bathroom, plus communal facilities such as a lounge, roof terrace, library, greenhouse and even a hair salon.

Councillor John Spence, cabinet member for health and adult social care at Essex County Council, said: “We are committed to helping people maintain their independence in later life.

Work has begun on a new independent living development in Saffron Walden. Picture: ESSEX COUNTY COUNCILWork has begun on a new independent living development in Saffron Walden. Picture: ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL

“Cornell Court will help more people in Uttlesford to have the quality of life they want, in a safe and pleasant environment.”

The scheme is being developed by L&Q Living in partnership with organisations including Uttlesford District Council, and has been named after Daphne Cornell – a former mayor of Saffron Walden.

Councillor Julie Redfern, cabinet member for housing at Uttlesford District Council, said: “I am so pleased that this project is underway and will be available to help some of our more mature residents live happy and independent lives for as long as possible.

“It is wonderful to see projects that form part of our housing strategy come to fruition. It is especially nice to see it named after someone who has done so much for the residents of Saffron Walden.”

Cornell Court has been supported by more than £3.5 million in grant contributions and is part of Essex County Council’s five-year, £27 million investment plan to create up to 1,800 homes for older people with care needs.

Charlie Culshaw, director at L&Q Living, said: “Our mission is to deliver personalised support for an independent life.

“The UK has an ageing population and there is a growing need for this type of housing.

“We’re developing the scheme so that as people’s needs change, we can adapt the service we offer them, which means they won’t have to move later on in life. We’re delighted to be able to bring the first scheme of its kind to the area.”

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