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Lowfield Green: Responding to Older Persons' Accommodation Needs

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Decision Made

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Purpose of Report: to consider how the site for Older People’s Accommodation on Lowfield Green can be developed to best meet the needs of our older residents and the local community, following the results of a consultation with older residents about their accommodation preferences and discussions with developers regarding a care home for the Lowfield Green site.

The executive will be asked to agree to procure an extra care developer and operator to develop a mixed tenure extra care development on the site previously identified for a care home.


Resolved:  (i)      That it be noted that the procurement of a developer and operator for a care home on the Lowfield Green site has been terminated.


                   (ii)      That approval be given to procure a developer/operator to construct and operate an Extra Care Housing development on the Lowfield Green site (instead of a residential and nursing care home) and that authority to award a contract be delegated to the Corporate Director of Health, Housing & Adult Social Care.


                   (iii)     That approval be given to dispose of the site of the proposed Extra Care development to its developer by way of a long lease (125 years), in return for payment of a premium/capital sum.


                   (iv)    That an obligation be imposed within the lease to construct and Extra Care accommodation scheme on the land within a specified period and thereafter to operate that scheme for a specified minimum period.


                   (v)     That a covenant be imposed within the lease that the land can only be used for extra care accommodation (and not for any other purpose or use) for a specified period.


                   (vi)    That it be noted that these proposals reflect the views of residents about where and how they want to live in their later years, gathered through a consultation and engagement exercise.


Reason:     To enable the development of independent living accommodation with care in response to what residents have said that they want and to work torwards the Council Plan ambitions for residents’ good health and wellbeing.

Report author: Vicky Japes

Publication date: 19/03/2020

Date of decision: 19/03/2020

Decided at meeting: 19/03/2020 - Executive

Effective from: 24/03/2020

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