Saturday, January 22, 2022

De Wint Court works set for completion next month

With Lincoln’s new De Wint Court Extra Care facility works set for completion early next month, the council’s Executive will now consider it proposed fees and charges.

At Executive on 17 January, members will discuss the proposed fees and charges for eligible residents for the new 70-apartment scheme on Bowden Drive.

The building for the new 50 one-bed and 20 two-bed apartment extra care facility on Bowden Drive is due for completion in early February, with an official opening and residents expected to move in later this year.

Jointly funded between City of Lincoln Council, Homes England and Lincolnshire County Council, the scheme will have care provision available, non-resident management and support staff, a wellbeing suite, changing places facility, restaurant and salon.

De Wint Court has been designed in such a way that allows it to respond to individuals changing care needs with on-site care support.

It will aim to enhance quality of life and give people the provision to stay within their local communities and access services close to home.

As part of the proposed fees and charges, each property will have a service charge of £88.33 plus an affordable rent charged on a weekly basis.

The service charge covers running costs for areas which will benefit all residents and will make the new De Wint Court a great place to call home.

If approved by Executive, this would bring the total average rent (including service charges) over 52 weeks for a one-bed property to £209.53 per week, and £223.33 for a two-bed property, dependent on size and location of each property.

This includes use of the garden and communal spaces, the outdoor gym equipment, the gardening area and staff being onsite from 7am to 10pm 7 days a week.

The service charge and rent are both housing benefit eligible; an application for housing benefit would contribute to either pay all or part of the total weekly charge depending on the individual’s income.

Individuals would fund their own element of care requirements, or this could be provided by Lincolnshire County Council or relatives.

Cllr Donald Nannestad, Portfolio Holder for Quality Housing at City of Lincoln Council said: “These new apartments will enable residents to maintain independence in their own homes as their needs change with care providers arranged by the county council.

Once complete, De Wint will play a vital part in our commitment to provide quality homes to meet the diverse housing need within the city. I look forward to discussing this next phase of the scheme with members of the Executive.”

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