New £8 million development at Doddington

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Tom Kennedy will entertain tenants of Doddington on 25 June, as they celebrate their new extra care scheme.

The event has been organised by housing and care provider Sanctuary Group as an official opening of the £8m development Doddington Court in Benwick Road.

Andrew Pugh, Mayor of March will officially open the scheme and Tom Kennedy will be performing some of his classic songs.

This new scheme for over 60s has been developed in partnership with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, Fenland District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council and will be managed by Sanctuary Supported Living, part of Sanctuary Group. The Government’s Homes and Communities Agency has contributed £4m to the development.

Sanctuary’s development director - commercial, Andrew White, said: “With its modern communal areas and state of the art facilities, this scheme will provide tenants with a real sense of community. This event will celebrate the opening of this exciting new development and give the tenants a chance to get to know each other whilst being entertained and having fun.”

Sanctuary extra care services allow tenants to remain independent in their own home with increasing levels of care and support as needed.

Cambridgeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Councillor Fred Yeulett, said: “I am delighted that this exciting new development is now ready to start accepting its first tenants. By working with our partners we have been able to make the best use of the resources available to each of us to create this new high quality extra care accommodation, which is another example of our commitment to providing services and support to older people in our community.”

On the site of Doddington Community Hospital, the scheme offers 50 one and two bedroom rental apartments with features such as communal areas, a restaurant, gym and beauty salon.

Councillor Ralph Butcher, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder responsible for health, said: “We are delighted to have worked with health and housing partners to bring this fantastic vision to reality. Doddington Court offers high quality and affordable specialist accommodation for our older residents, linked into vital health services that help keep people out of hospital and maintain their independence and quality of life. Such a scheme is a vital cog in meeting local housing needs.”