Rounsdwell ‘extra care’ flats plan moves forward

Council will award contracts for new support living scheme.

DEVON County Council has approved recommendations to award construction, management and cares contract for 50 extra care flats at Roundswell, Barnstaple.

The council is inviting tenders for the scheme behind Sainsbury’s and is expected to make a decision about the preferred bidders next month.

The proposal includes individual self-contained homes designed for people who may need around-the-clock care and support to help them live independently.

The Gazette revealed last week that the Roundswell site was originally earmarked for a new primary school but is now being used to help the council meet a 10-year strategy to provide supported housing in the county up to 2020.

The scheme is one of five being implemented by the council across Devon.

Councillor Stuart Barker, the council’s cabinet member for adult social care, said: “Extra care housing is still relatively new in Devon, although its popularity is growing.

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“Development of more schemes is important if local authorities in Devon are to stay ahead of the growing demand for health, social care, and housing that is purposely designed to allow people to live independently in their own home but that will accommodate people with care needs.

“We and our District Council partners are investing millions of pounds over coming years, and are working with partner agencies to provide some really high quality schemes that provide independence and choice.”

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