Building work has started on a new housing development for older people in Dunstable – the first new council-funded housing in Central Beds for more than 30 years.
To mark the event, Councillor Carole Hegley, executive member for social care, health and housing at Central Beds Council, and South West Beds MP Andrew Selous broke the first piece of ground on the Priory View development in Church Street.
Councillors from Central Beds Council and Dunstable Town Council, staff and partner organisations joined them to celebrate.
The £15million development, funded by the council with grant assistance from the Homes and Communities Agency, is due to open in autumn 2015. It will offer 83 one- and two-bed apartments for people aged 55 and over. It is planned to include a café, shop, restaurant and hair and beauty salon that will be open to the public as well as residents.
Councillor Hegley said: “I’m really excited that we’re starting work on Priory View which is a landmark project for Central Bedfordshire. This is going to be a fantastic, highquality development that will bring huge benefits to the local residents who move into Priory View and to Dunstable as a whole.”
The council says Priory View has been “specially designed for older people who want to retain their independence and live in a vibrant community”, adding: “Residents will have peace of mind knowing that personal care and support are on hand whenever they need it throughout the day and night, delivered by a professional care team.
Galliford Try Partnerships are leading the construction work.
Priory View will be the first in a series of housing developments for older people across Central Bedfordshire over the next few years.