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Shropshire Council has approved plans for a 70-apartment retirement living scheme to be built in Shifnal, Shropshire, providing residents with extra care, support and safety.

The scheme will bring in-demand rented retirement living accommodation to the town, featuring 26 one-bedroom and 44 two-bedroom luxury apartments. The apartments are individually designed and can be configured to specific needs, including the provision of assistive devices, to help residents remain independent and safe at home.

There will also be a bistro open to the public, lounges, and private communal gardens, offering residents the opportunity to relax and socialise.

The Wrekin Housing Group was awarded planning permission for the new project, which will work in partnership with Jessup Brothers – the main contractor on the site.

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Wayne Gethings, Group Chief Executive at The Wrekin Housing Group, told Shropshire Live: “This scheme will have huge benefits by providing housing and support for local people, but it will also lead to job opportunities for those who want to work in the care sector.”

People who live within extra care housing developments have their own self-contained flats but can access on-site care alongside support and housing management services.

The main aim of the schemes are to encourage independence at home, but with the support residents need to feel safe and happy.

Wayne concluded: “All extra care apartments are fitted out to make life easier, from shower rooms with non-slip flooring to emergency alarms and assistive technology. People who apply for an extra care property are assessed individually on their requirements and we cater for a range of needs from mild to severe, with tailored care plans to ensure residents get exactly the care and support they need and to provide as much choice and flexibility as possible.”

Work is intended to be started on the accommodation later this year.

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