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Flagship Scheme For Care In South Tyneside

A £4.3 million flagship housing scheme to provide care and support for older people in Hebburn is going ahead thanks to an innovative partnership with South Tyneside Council and New Leaf Housing Association.

The development on the site of former Campbell Park House, will have 42 two bedroomed self-contained flats. Each flat will include a kitchen, a lounge/dining room, bedrooms as well as a toilet/bathroom. There will also be a range of communal facilities including a hairdressing room, physiotherapy room, residents' lounge and a dining room/restaurant.

People living in the flats will receive care and support to help them to live independently and it will reduce the numbers of people having to move into traditional residential care services.

Councillor Jim Foreman, Lead Member for Social Care and Health said: "This is an exciting development and will provide South Tyneside with a state of the art facility for older people and will regenerate and improve the existing site. South Tyneside is committed to modernising its services for older people especially with schemes like this that offer flexible service to prevent people having to be admitted into residential care."
Councillor Eddie McAtominey added: "I am delighted that this scheme will give our elderly people a high standard of care and support that will allow them to live independently and remain at the heart of the community."

"This scheme will cost in excess of £4.3 million including support from the Housing Corporation of £2.7 million. This represents considerable inward investment for South Tyneside and in particular for the Hebburn area. It will be a flagship scheme for South Tyneside and will create a number of jobs for the area not only when it is being built but also for the future provision of care and support. We are pleased to have New Leaf on board as partners as they have a proven track record with this type of development."

John Burns, Regional Support Manager for New Leaf said: "We are very pleased to work in partnership with South Tyneside Council on this development which will provide older people of South Tyneside with an additional housing option of high quality, offering independence with care and support on one site."

Bulldozers will move in to demolish the existing building before Christmas and building will start next Spring. It is hoped that the building will be completed by Spring 2005 and for tenants to move in soon after that.


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