08:00 Tuesday 13 November 2012

Countdown begins as £20m complex nears completion


A MULTI-MILLION pound flagship development for older people in the heart of Swadlincote is starting the countdown to opening its doors.

Councillor John Lemmon
Councillor John Lemmon

The new £20 million Oakland Village development, in Hall Farm Road, combines ‘extra care’ apartments for people aged over 55 years with 24/7 on-site care, a community care centre specialising in providing care for people with complex needs including dementia care and a number of day services.

There will also be a range of facilities which will be open to the local community including a shop, restaurant, pub and gym.

Developers are scheduled to finish on the site later this month, when Derbyshire County Council and Trident Housing Association will take ownership of the development and people interested in moving in can now book an appointment.

The development is a partnership between the county council, Trident Housing Association and South Derbyshire District Council and its aim is to provide a focal point for older people’s services in the area as well as high-quality, purpose-built accommodation.

Two invitation-only events are being held in mid-December to show people around the finished development before the first residents start to move in.

Those invited to the events will include people living close to the development, local groups and organisations.

People who are interested in moving in to the development can now book an appointment to view the show flats by calling the Oakland Village office on 01283 221799. They can book viewings between 10am to 3pm, five days a week.

They can also express an interest in renting one of the apartments by telephoning South Derbyshire District Council on 01283 595953.

Groups who may want to use the community rooms for events or meetings are also being encouraged to contact Trident Housing Association or the county council to express an interest.

Councillor Charles Jones, Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for adult care, said: “We are exceptionally proud of what has been achieved at Oakland Village. It is a fantastic example of all the partners working together to create a safe, secure and vibrant environment for older people to live in and for the wider community.

“The invitation-only events we are holding are our way of saying thank you to the local community, some of whom have had to be very patient during the building work. We’re really grateful to them for bearing with us and hope that when they see the finished development they will agree it’s been worthwhile.”

John Morris, chief executive at Trident Housing Association, said: “We are looking forward to the formal handover of the scheme so that we can start to deliver in partnership with our future customers and partners a new and creative brand of services to older people and the local community.

“We are hugely grateful to everyone who has played a part in making the dream become a reality and we say a particular thank you to the local community who have been inconvenienced in order to make the development happen.

We hope the reward for their patience will be access to a community facility that they want to be part of for the future.”

Councillor John Lemmon, chairman of housing and community services at South Derbyshire District Council, said: “The extra care and specialist community care centre accommodation and facilities are second-to-none and the care and day care will be of the highest quality.

“We know that Oakland Village will quickly establish itself as a focal point for older people’s services across the area and be a real boost to the local community as a whole.”

The county council’s involvement in Oakland Village is part of its wider £200 million investment plans to transform residential and community care across Derbyshire, delivering dementiafriendly care and modern, purpose-built accommodation for older people.

These plans include developing at least 1,600 extra care apartments with on-site care in 27 locations across the county, two more specialist community care centres to add to the community care centre already open in Staveley and due to open at Oakland Village, and two split site community care centres.

An official opening of Oakland Village is scheduled for early in the spring next year.

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