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Opening of new supported housing in Halewood

by Cathy Sheel

Pupils from Holy Family Catholic Primary School buried a time capsule to mark the opening of a new supported housing development in Halewood.

The scheme called Arncliffe Gardens was built by Plus Dane Housing and Vistry Merseyside & Cheshire West, and designed by JDA Architects. The development includes a total of 77 affordable apartments, including 58 aimed at over 55’s with a housing and support need, as well as 19 homes for younger people with additional needs, learning disabilities, autism or mental ill health.

The development features a guest suite, modern lounge, hair salon, access to on-site security system and maintenance, on-site care team, as well as a therapeutic sensory garden.

The opening ceremony was centred around the burying of a time capsule that has been filled by pupils from Holy Family Catholic Primary School and won’t be opened for 50 years. The school is opposite Arncliffe Gardens and pupils have been watching the building grow out of the ground over the past two years.

Knowsley Council supported this initiative by providing the land for the development following the demolition of a former primary school in 2018. Homes England also supported the development with grant funding and the FRC group supported the development with high quality, socially ethical, furnishings.

Ian Reed, Chief Executive of Plus Dane, said: “We know how important quality supported housing is. It changes lives. It allows people to live safely and independently for as long as possible. The provision of supported homes in England is now falling, at a time when demand for these vital services is increasing. We need more developments like Arncliffe Gardens, with its high-quality finish and fantastic facilities. It will be a lovely place to live and we are really proud of what we have built, in partnership, here in Knowsley.”

The first residents are due to move in during the summer. If you are interested in applying for a home at Arncliffe Gardens, email: Arnclifferoadextracare@plusdane.co.uk

Pictured: Plus Dane Chief Executive Ian Reed (with spade) with children and staff from Holy Family Primary School.