Work has started on a long awaited £11.6m housing development on Gordon Place, South Elmsall.
A sod-cutting ceremony took place on Tuesday to mark the start of a new development consisting of family homes, a supported housing bungalow and extra care apartments.
The development, due to be completed by September next year, is being built by Chevin Housing Association in partnership with Wakefield Council.
It will comprise of 112 properties - 44 family homes, 67 extra care apartments and the supported housing bungalow. The apartments will form Frickley Lodge and will be for over 50s who have assessed care needs, including 25 for people with dementia.
They will provide an increased choice of community-based housing options with on-site care and support to enable residents to live independently for longer.
There will also be communal facilities such as a restaurant, lounge, hairdresser and beauty suite for residents and access for the wider community.
The construction is being carried out by Wates Living Space, with funding from Chevin, Pennine Housing 2000, Wakefield Council, the Regional Growth Fund and the Homes and Communities Agency.
In the 1990s hundreds of homes on Gordon Place fell into a rapid decline leading to derelict properties, crime and anti-social behaviour. The properties were demolished but a new housing development was delayed due to the economic downturn.
Coun Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “I am delighted that Gordon Place is undergoing this wonderful transformation.
“It will ensure that the housing needs of local people are met, including specialist extra care apartments, and boost this local area.”
Coun Pat Garbutt, cabinet member for adults and health, said: “This extra care housing scheme will provide a fantastic environment where people can live independently for longer, making a huge difference to their quality of life and wellbeing.”
Joanne Jamieson, regional managing director of Wates Living Space, added: “We’re looking forward to providing the residents of South Elmsall with new high quality, energy efficient homes that will ensure their needs are fully supported whilst they retain an independent, comfortable lifestyle.”
Amanda Garrard, Chevin Housing Association’s managing director, said: “We have great experience in providing extra care facilities and this will be a huge asset to the South Elmsall area.”