The first residents have moved into a state of the art housing scheme for older people in Stanwell. Chestnut Court, which provides personal care and social opportunities for older people as well as housing, has been built as part of major regeneration of the area.
Located in Mulberry Avenue, it has 44 self-contained apartments for residents aged 55 or over.
The scheme is part of the wider £50million Stanwell New Start, which is an exciting partnership between A2Dominion and Spelthorne Borough Council. The regeneration will provide over 300 new homes, with just under half of these affordable.
The regeneration scheme replaces temporary housing put up after the Second World War, and some accommodation including flats which were no longer able to meet modern housing standards.
John Knevett, A2Dominion Chief Commercial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive, said:
“We’re delighted to open Chestnut Court, which provides residents with an environment where they can continue to retain as much freedom and control of their lives as possible.
“This is an important part of the Stanwell New Start regeneration, which will over four phases provide a wide range of homes to meet the needs of the diverse local community.”
Councillor Suzy Webb, Planning and Housing Portfolio holder for Spelthorne Borough Council said:
“The Council has worked in partnership with A2Dominion from the very outset to make sure that the Stanwell New Start scheme delivers both housing, community facilities and areas of open space suitable for the needs and wishes of local residents.”
Resident Winifred Flitter, aged 92, who has lived on the estate in Stanwell for 65 years, is one of the first people to move into Chestnut Court. She said:
“It’s lovely to have a new home. It’s clean and tidy and nice to have a brand new place. Although 65 years ago I loved my home, it was supposed to be a temporary move for about 10 years.”
Mrs Flitter said that the opening of Chestnut Court had meant she could remain in Stanwell:
“I wanted to stay in the area, but didn’t want another house it’s too much to look after at my age. My new home is just right for me.”
Mrs Flitter has witnessed massive changes in Stanwell over the years, and welcomes the regeneration:
“When I first moved to Stanwell 65 years ago, it was like a village with fields all around. But then the airport got bigger and more houses were built. The area has changed over the years, and it’s now much more built up.
“The Stanwell regeneration is a good thing for the local area and the people. With the old homes having been up for so long, families need new homes and the regeneration is definitely needed.”
At Chestnut Court, A2Dominion’s Care & Support team will offer three different levels of care to residents, depending on individual needs.
Facilities at the scheme include an on-site restaurant, a hairdressers and beauty room, IT room, communal lounge and landscaped gardens.
A range of activities will also be on offer for residents including coffee mornings, music evenings, seasonal events, singing groups, bingo and outings.
The adjacent Community Centre, which has kitchen facilities and a 60-person capacity, will be used for activities such as exercise classes and job clubs.