Cornwall Council plans new homes for old

County faces a near 80% increase in over 65s by 2030.

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Cornwall Council is to create 3,500 ‘Extra Care’ housing units across the county by 2025.

The plan pitches the remodelling of existing buildings as well as new development new ones where the market is “less responsive.”

Now, the hunt is on for a strategic partner to develop an initial 750 units across towns in Cornwall.

At an event hosted by Cornwall Council earlier this month, housing companies, care providers and property developers were invited to learn more about Extra Care housing options, the sorts of facilities they are and how they are funded.

According to Poppi (Projecting Older People Population Information System) the number of over 65s across Cornwall aged 65 is predicted to increase by almost 80% by 2030.

Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Adults Rob Rotchell said residents of the new self-contained homes would have access to care and support when needed.

“People often think about downsizing their homes as they get older so Extra Care is an attractive option when planning for possible care and support needs in the future.

“Evidence shows that helping people to live independently for longer in homes like these, often closer to their family and friends, leads to healthier and happier lives.

“This in turn reduces their need to use health and social care services, alleviating demand on already stretched services,” he said.

At an event hosted by Cornwall Council earlier this month, housing companies, care providers and property developers were invited to learn more about Extra Care housing options, the sorts of facilities they are and how they are funded.

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