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10/07/2014 - World Population Day

Innovative Cannock development marks World Population Day

Latest statistics show that the UK population has now passed the 64 million mark. Key partners of an innovative development in Cannock, have gathered to mark World Population Day and celebrate the progress of a scheme which is set to go some way to providing the types of accommodation and facilities that Cannock’s future population will require.

The 12 million pound development is a joint venture from The Wrekin Housing Trust, Choices Housing, Staffordshire County Council, and constructors GallifordTry. 63 apartments for the over 55s will boast 24/7 onsite care and support, residents’ lounges and assisted and pamper bathrooms. The apartments will be available for affordable rent with ShireLiving and neighboured by a Learning Disability respite unit and an array of facilities for residents and the wider community including, a community hub and restaurant, GP surgery, pharmacy and hair salon. As the district of Cannock has one of the highest populations of older people in Staffordshire with over a quarter being aged over 60. This scheme will meet a real need for housing which offers additional help and care in a supportive community setting.

The eight million pound extra care scheme, named Chasewood after Cannock’s area of outstanding natural beauty Cannock Chase, will alone generate £18 Million worth of value into the economy including eight apprenticeship opportunities and a further 140 jobs within the wider community.

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Director of Extra Care Pam Edwards, Cabinet member for care Cllr Alan White, Martin Holmes of GallifordTry and Practice Managers Gill Harper-Potts and Tracy Talbot.

Pam Edwards, Director of Extra Care for The Wrekin Housing Group said of the development, “With older people already making up 23% of the UK population and this increasing year on year, we’re delighted to be providing integrated and community led approaches to housing that enable people to remain independent as they age. For us it's not just about building houses, but providing the homes that people want and need both now and in the future.”

County Councillor Alan White, Cabinet member for care said: “As a County Council we are committed to ensuring residents have access to the support they need to lead fulfilled and independent lives. This development will offer a whole range of services to help them to live the life that they want. These benefits will be available to the wider community too, as they will be able to take full advantage of the facilities on site.”

And the development is not just for the older people in the community, as Jean Jarvis MBE, Chief Executive of the Furniture Scheme, a member of The Wrekin Housing Group explains, “We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen to run the Community ‘Hub’. We want to offer opportunities for all ages and will work with the local community to get a better understanding of what they would like to see at the Hub. We pride ourselves on our great partnership working and we’ve already made some good local contacts who will be working with us to deliver a range of services and activities from the Hub”.

The development is due for completion in spring 2015. To find out more or apply to live at Chasewood, Cannock visit www.shireliving.co.uk or call 0800 0232244.