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Penkridge care home to be expanded

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: March 22, 2014

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PLANS to modernise and expand a Penkridge supported housing scheme have been unveiled by South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA).

Riverside House, in Mill Street, which has 36 one-bedroom flats for single people aged over 60, is set to be expanded to add an extra four homes and modernised facilities for residents.

Jo Grainger, assistant director for care and support at Housing Plus, SSHA’s parent body, said plans were at a very early stage, and residents would be found suitable alternative accommodation while the work was carried out.

“We are currently exploring plans to enhance our accommodation offer at Riverside House,” Mrs Grainger said.

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“Subject to plans being approved the new scheme will see around 40 homes for older people, with new improved facilities.“

Residents will be supported to move into suitable alternative accommodation during the build process.

Mrs Grainger said the housing association was currently developing an 83-home “state of the art” extra care scheme in Penkridge and this would help to provide alternative housing options for Riverside residents while their homes were being improved.

But the start of redevelopment at Riverside, which opened in 1987, is likely to be many months away - a planning application is said to be unlikely to be submitted to South Staffordshire Council before May at the earliest.

“We will continue to communicate closely with our residents and inform them of the developments as they happen,” she added.

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