A £9.5M project is under way to create 75 extra care homes in the town.
Magenta Living, the largest provider of social housing on the Wirral, has officially launched its first ever extra care scheme on Sutton Way, Ellesmere Port.
The new build will provide 60 one and two bed apartments and 15 two-bedroom bungalows, enabling residents to live independently with assistance on site should it be needed.
The apartments will be in a mainly four-storey block, which planners accept will be prominent and close to Sutton Way.
Magenta claims the homes will be among the most energy efficient properties in the area.
They will be built to ‘Lifetime Homes’ standard meaning they will be easily adaptable to suit changing needs.
In addition to providing affordable homes, the scheme has also led to employment and training opportunities.
Five apprenticeships have been created and partnership working with West Cheshire College has enabled specialist Yorkshire based affordable home contractors Southdale to identify appropriate training for students.
The homes were launched by Magenta Living chief executive Brian Simpson, and Ellesmere Port mayor Brian Jones.
Work is expected to finish in May 2016.
Magenta Living started building in the town in April 2014 with 46 new homes under construction in Crescent Road.
Mr Simpson said: “I am extremely proud that Magenta Living has invested in this area, not just in the new apartments and bungalows and bricks and mortar, but also in the community.
“We are a new landlord to the area and we are working hard to make sure that we contribute to making this neighbourhood sustainable.”
Claire Preston, learning and development manager at Southdale, said: “This is a fantastic project for Southdale to work with Magenta Living to create not only vital housing but also training opportunities for young people from the local community.”
Cheshire West and Chester Council will deal with all applications for the scheme.
At the borough’s planning committee, permission was agreed on a 9-2 vote.
Councillors discussed the need for extra care accommodation and the design of the development.
They were told it would not preserve the appearance of the locality but the plans were likely to be the best approach to enabling a viable number of apartments to be provided.
Due to it being extra care, the density and layout did not allow for gardens or other outside amenities councillors heard.