A new Places for People Living Plus development in Romsey has welcomed its first residents. Providing state-of-the-art homes to people over 55, Nightingale Lodge is a brand new, 54-home development delivered in partnership with Test Valley Borough Council and Hampshire County Council. Homes are now available to people over 55 and can be rented at an affordable rent or purchased through shared ownership.
Places for People partnered with Lovell Later Living, which constructed the extra care accommodation; the building has aptly been named after Victorian icon and former Romsey resident Florence Nightingale. It boasts access to 24-hour on-site care and support commissioned by Hampshire County Council for planned and emergency care. In addition to the modern apartments, Nightingale Lodge offers a variety of facilities for use by both residents and guests - these include a wellness suite, hair and beauty salon, a restaurant and landscaped gardens.
The brand-new development consists of one and two-bed apartments with 17 homes on sale through shared ownership, with residents able to purchase between 25% and 75% of the home’s full value, and 37 properties available via affordable rent through Hampshire Home Choice for local people who have care and housing needs.
Andy Lomas, Managing Director of Places for People Living Plus, said: “We are thrilled to welcome our first residents to Nightingale Lodge – it’s been wonderful to see them moving into their new homes and enjoying living alongside like-minded people and embracing their new lifestyles – safe in the knowledge they can get support and professional care, if and when required. Our extra care developments offer residents and their family’s complete reassurance and peace of mind that they are living in a safe, self-contained yet engaging environment.
“We’ve created the development with modern living in mind – with one- or two-bedroom apartments on offer – each featuring a contemporary kitchen, appealing living space and stylish modern bathroom with walk in shower. We’ve also ensured that each spacious property features a private patio or balcony area for that important outdoor space. Here, we’re offering a new way of living for people over 55 with a focus on independent living but with care and support on-site 24/7. We’re excited to welcome our first residents and are already looking forward to welcoming more over the coming weeks.”
Being located just one mile from the historic market town of Romsey and a short drive from the New Forest, means that residents are surrounded by local attractions to enjoy with family and friends – and with private residents parking at Nightingale Lodge, living there is hassle free.
Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Lead Member for Adult Services and Public Health said: “I am delighted that this fantastic scheme is now open, which is a wonderful asset for older people in Romsey with care and support needs. Nightingale Lodge offers residents independence with the added security and reassurance of 24/7 care being available on site, should they need it”.
“This collaborative project has delivered an outstanding affordable housing solution for local people, and with further schemes in the pipeline as part of the County Council’s planned £45million investment programme, other communities can look forward to benefitting from similar developments in the future.”
Additionally, the development has benefitted Romsey by bringing new homes and creating jobs in the local area. Places for People partnered with Lovell Later Living and Amiri, who constructed the homes.
Further information on Nightingale Lodge can be found online at www.nightingalelodge.co.uk, or by speaking with agents Henshaw Fox on 01794 521 339.
Customers interested in the properties for affordable rent can find out more at www.hants.gov.uk/extracarehousing or by contacting the Hampshire County Council Extra Care Housing Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.