Delivering new homes for older people


Exciting plans for more than 100 new council homes to meet the needs and aspirations of older people in the city will be discussed by Cabinet next week.


The proposals to build modern, spacious and accessible homes for older people at St. Mellons and Maelfa form an integral part of the Council's ambitious plans for 1,000 new council homes by 2022.


Both schemes were submitted for planning approval in December following successful resident consultation events and are designed to respond positively to the changing needs of older people enabling tenants to remain living in their own homes independently whilst providing a range of communal facilities and accessible outdoor space. Both schemes are designed to be more accessible and adaptable to reduce the need for future adaptions whilst achieving a high standard of design and architecture.


The Maelfa project is a new extension to the existing tower block in Llanedeyrn and will provide 41 accessible flats with a private balcony or patio as well as on-site residents lounge, activity rooms, medical room  and other facilities. A new glazed link and roof garden that will connect the new development to the tower block creating a real sense of community for residents.


The St Mellons scheme is the redevelopment of the former community centre and will provide 60 new accessible flats as well as activity rooms, residents lounge, medical room and private gardens.


Both schemes will be used to provide a hub of services for the wider older person population within the immediate area to help tackle social isolation.


Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: "With an increasing ageing population, it's essential that as part of our housing vision for the future, we develop homes that meet the needs of older people, not only when they first move in but as they age as well.


"These two schemes will provide new homes that support older people to maintain independence and connectivity to their local community to help prevent social isolation, and reduce the need for residential care in the longer term."



Cabinet will consider the recommendation to approve the procurement process to appoint contractors for the construction of the two schemes at its meeting on Thursday, January 23.