Multi-million-pound retirement village opens

A new 140-apartment retirement village has opened its doors to residents in Stoke-on-Trent.

The £21.6 million Maple West development in Chell is the third to be completed in a £60 million project to deliver 390 extra care apartments across three sites in Stoke-on-Trent – the biggest scheme of its kind in the city. The other two facilities are Willow Barns in Blurton and Oak Priory in Abbey Hulton.

Maple West comprises 140 apartments and has been built by Seddon Construction Ltd on the site of the former Westcliffe Hospital.

The three retirement villages have been developed by Sapphire Extra Care Ltd, a partnership between Your Housing Group, Eric Wright Group and Kajima Partnership Ltd. The apartments will be managed by the consortium on behalf of the city council.

The multi-million pound project, administered by the city council and sponsored by the Homes and Communities Agency, will meet a housing need mainly for people aged over 55. Apartments will also be available for people under this age who meet specific criteria.

Councillor Ann James, the council’s cabinet member for health and social care, who is also ward member for Great Chell and Packmoor, said: “The opening of our third and final extra care facility, Maple West, means we are continuing in our commitment to provide independent living in a supportive environment so that people can maintain, or regain, their independence.

“Thanks to developments like these the perception of retirement living complexes is changing, with people seeing them as a great lifestyle choice while recognising them as valuable assets to the community – creating a hub for everyone.”

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