See the vision for how unique new £4.5m housing development in Scunthorpe could look

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 29 May 2018

This is the vision for a unique new housing development in Scunthorpe.

The proposed £4.5 million scheme will see a former care home site on Warwick Road redeveloped to create 25 two-bedroom apartments built for people who have dementia.

The project is the first of its kind in the area and aims to enable residents to live independently with the support they need.

Detailed plans for it were first revealed in March and now a video, which can be seen at the top of this page, has been released to show how the new homes would look.

The apartments would be built on two storeys, with a communal entrance and reception area and a community lounge also forming part of the development.

External communal areas including gardens and seating areas are also planned.

See inside the planned housing complex

The project is being brought forward by North Lincolnshire Council and Ongo Homes and the video and new images have been released to mark this week's Dementia Awareness Week.

The council owns the site, which was formerly The Lilacs intermediate care home, but as part of the plans, Ongo Homes would own and manage the new properties.

Councillor Richard Hannigan, the council's cabinet member for adults, health and community wellbeing, said: "The proposals for the new dementia extra care scheme will enable more people to live independently in their own homes with the right support available to them when they need it.

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"This is a major investment that will help prevent residents from feeling lonely and isolated as there will be others with similar needs living in the nearby apartments with facilities close by.

"This is an excellent example of partnership working with Ongo Homes."

More views of how the new apartment complex could look

The council says the design of the new apartments would create independent homes for individuals and couples diagnosed with dementia to help increase their independence, with care and support on hand through the authority's adult services.

The council has also worked with the North Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance to ensure the new scheme fully meets the needs of those with dementia.

Funding of £1 million has been granted by Homes England towards the scheme, with the council and Ongo Homes also contributing financially.

READ MORE: Work starts on new £3.5m housing estate in Scunthorpe

Subject to planning approval, work could start later this year and finish by the end of 2019.

Plans for the new homes form part of the work Ongo is doing to support those living with dementia.

Its employees are encouraged to attend awareness sessions to become Dementia Friends, while the organisation is also a member of the dementia action alliance.

Helen Wright, manager of support services at Ongo and chair of the North Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance, said: "At Ongo we really are leaders in supporting people living with a dementia diagnosis, and I am very proud of the work we do.

Councillor Julie Reed, North council leader Rob Waltham and Peter Stones of Ongo, pictured in March with the plans for the new dementia-friendly housing scheme (Image: David Haber)

"Not only do we take part in national campaigns, but we make decisions that impact the lives of local people, including the new purpose built homes we are planning to build.

"I have been chair and representative for Ongo of the North Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance since 2014, and since then we've also done some amazing work with the 31 organisations signed up.

"Going forward, we're planning Dementia Friends sessions for our newest members, including Humberside Airport and Scunthorpe United FC.

"We'd love to see as many organisations as possible signing up to making a difference. If you’d like to join us, get in touch with us on 01724 279900."

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