Abbeyfield's Alnwick planning application withdrawn, pending better plans to meet local needs

11/05/2015

After listening to feedback from residents and Northumberland County Council, Abbeyfield has withdrawn the planning application it submitted in December 2014 for an older person’s scheme on the site of the current Ravenslaw House and Abbeyfield House, Alnwick.

In partnership with Northumberland County Council, we're now focusing on creating new plans which better meet the needs of older people, as identified through a study on local demand taking place this month (May) and the valuable insights already gathered from the local authority and those living nearby.

Abdul Ravat, Head of Development (North), said: "Abbeyfield always works in partnership, so that we can accurately identify the housing and care needs of local communities. We will continue to work with the council and other key stakeholders, including local residents, as we prepare new plans to better meet the needs of older people living in North Northumberland, focusing on independent living rather than residential care."

Abbeyfield has a well-established presence in North Northumberland, with the volunteers who head three of our existing houses and homes in the area being the driving force behind the plans to cater for the area’s over 75s, an age group predicted to grow by more than the national average. The new plans will be supported by a merger of the Abbeyfield North Northumberland Extra Care Society at Alnwick into the Abbeyfield Society, which has already been given the go-ahead by the Homes and Communities Agency.

For more information about the plans, contact z.stanton@abbeyfield.com.

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