Council showcase new Pannel Croft retirement village

By on 08/02/2012 in News

Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing opened new show apartments at Pannel Croft Retirement Village in Newton.  He was joined by the first person to be offered residency, Linda Harewood, and former West Bromwich Albion footballer, Cyrille Regis.

The £22 million Village is the second of five being developed in partnership between Birmingham City Council and The ExtraCare Charitable Trust.  The Homes and Communities Agency has invested nearly £9m into the scheme with a further £3.2m from the Department of Health.

Linda Harewood, 68, is the first to be offered a home at Pannel Croft Village.  She said: “I've lived in a three-bedroom council house for more than 40 years, so moving to a small apartment would be just what I need as I'm struggling to manage with my arthritis.  My current home would be better suited to a young family who need the space.”

The Pannel Croft Village, due to open in early 2013, will provide 180 one and two bedroom apartments for more than 200 local residents over the age of 55. Each apartment has its own front door, hallway, one or two bedrooms, living room, shower room and kitchen. The majority of homes have their own balcony, and all homes are fully accessible.  Qualified staff will also provide care to residents who need it.

Cllr John Lines, Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Once built, the retirement village will provide affordable housing, state-of-the-art facilities and excellent services that support older people regarding independence, mobility and quality of life.

“Not only will the village provide older people with affordable housing and a high quality environment, those moving from council properties will free up much needed homes for others – making this move mutually beneficial.

“The ongoing work of the village will also help to create employment opportunities for local people, which is vital in the current economic climate.”

ExtraCare’s Chief Executive Nick Abbey, said:”The Village will be very much part of the local community. The whole point of retirement villages is that there isn’t anyone who can’t afford to live here. With the range of rental and shared ownership, it’s open to everyone.
“I’d like to thank all of the new friends of Pannel Croft Village. I hope everyone will be pleased and proud to move in either later this year or earlier next year.”

Former West Bromwich Albion footballer Cyrille Regis, a supporter of community relations in Birmingham, said: “There’s a real community spirit here, this is just the kind of place that older people need to prevent the feeling of isolation.  You get a strong sense of friendship amongst the people here, which is great to see.  I'm impressed with the facilities at the Village.  The flats are fantastic quality and are very homely too - ideal.”

While under construction the Village is providing 16 trainee and 17 apprenticeship roles with community regeneration specialists Frank Haslam Milan (FHM). Once open, the Village will provide around 30 jobs – most of which will be recruited locally.

It is expected that the Village will free up many council houses for local families.

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For media enquiries only contact Karen Blanchette on 0121 303 6969.  For any other city council enquires call 0121 303 1111.

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