Plan worth millions aimed at keeping Redbridge elderly independent

PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 January 2016

Hyleford temporary accomodation hostel. Picture: Steve Poston

Hyleford temporary accomodation hostel. Picture: Steve Poston


A multi-million pound plan to build a 60-bed independent living affordable housing scheme on a former school site will go before councillors next week.

Redbridge Council has put forward the proposal for the former Newbridge School, Loxford Lane, Ilford.

The £12.9million project would provide independent living for elderly people, who could receive personal care or support on site without having to move into a residential or nursing home.

There would be 50 one-bedroom units and 10 two-bedrooms units allocated by Redbridge Council depending on people’s needs.

The proposal comes after another council report identified a shortage of extra care accommodation because of an increase in the number of older people.

A council spokeswoman said: “The shortage relates to changes in residential and nursing care usage because we are maintaining people within their own homes longer.

“This provides an option to free up family size accommodation for more manageable flats and at the same time enables and supports independence.”

The report will be presented to cabinet on Tuesday evening and was due to be debated by the Neighbourhoods Service Committee last night (Wednesday).

The development would be part of a project to regenerate the 3.5 acre Hyleford site, Loxford Lane, into mixed residential units by demolishing the disused South Park clinic and the empty Newbridge school.

The former Hyleford residential care home, which is adjacent to the site proposed for development, is a hostel which provides temporary accommodation for 47 homeless households and would continue to operate for now.

But once the rest of the site is developed, the hostel would have to be either kept on-site or moved elsewhere in the borough.

The report also urges Redbridge Council to directly fund and manage the site to allow the borough’s adult social services to provide adequate care.

This would be funded by a £2.459m grant from the Greater London Authority and the Department of Health to respond to the pressures of an ageing population, and a Redbridge Council bid for a £10.441m grant in capital funding.

If agreed, a planning application will be submitted by the summer and work would start in 2017.

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