Construction has started on an extra care retirement village in Helsby.

Constructors Keepmoat have begun work on the Cable Drive development, which will comprise of 77 high-quality one and two-bedroom apartments available for rent, sale and shared ownership.

The extra care housing provision will be designed to create a community where residents will be able to live an independent life in a socially supportive environment.

The onsite care and support team will provide round-the-clock help which will providing a safe and secure environment.

The contemporary apartments will boast wet rooms and well equipped kitchens, and there will also be assisted bathrooms and a pamper bathroom within the development.

Onsite community facilities will include landscaped gardens, bistro, hairdressers, communal lounge, laundrette and a multi-function activity room.

The development is a result of a partnership between Your Housing Group and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) – who co-funded it – and Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Mike Watson, director of older people services for Your Housing Group, said: “The country is facing an ever growing need for suitable older persons’ housing now more than ever and Your Housing Group is leading the way in developing extra care housing.

“We are very excited to bring this extra care facility to Helsby, bringing much-needed affordable retirement living solutions to the area.”

Your Housing Group is one of the UK's largest social housing providers with over 32,000 homes across the North West, Yorkshire and the Midlands.

Keepmoat operations manager, Alan Holt, said: “Building a successful extra care scheme requires high-quality housing and excellent on-site facilities that bring people together and allow them to socialise. 

“By locating this extra care scheme close to Helsby Community Sports Club and Horn’s Mill Primary School we allow the residents to play a full part in village life while simultaneously offering superb support services and facilities such as a bistro, lounge, hairdressers and multi-function activity room right on their doorstep.”

The retirement village is due to be completed in spring next year.