What is Independent Living?
Independent Living is for people over the age of 55 who wish to live independently but have support needs. The attractive, self-contained housing is designed to enable older people to retain their independence in their own home for as long as possible. A number of factors contribute to this including flexible care and support services, the design of the building, the use of assistive technology and the provision of additional services including meals. This means that for many older people Independent Living offers a viable and attractive alternative to residential care.
Essex County Council has a programme to increase the number of Independent Living units available for older people by 1,800 2021. There will be two delivery methods to achieve this, either the use of Public sector land, or a grants programme in partnership with developers on private land
Public sector land will be released to providers on either a leasehold or freehold basis for schemes to be developed upon. These schemes would be developed, constructed, and operated by the provider and ECC will have no ongoing financial interest or operational responsibility in the scheme.
ECC is putting in place a developer/provider framework to develop schemes in this way. Whilst the framework is being procured ECC will bring forward individual sites as and when they are ready via individual procurements.
A Grants Programme is in place to support the development of Independent Living schemes on privately owned land. ECC is keen to talk to developers who have opportunities in line with the Independent Living position statement, and are prepared to agree a capital contribution in return for nomination rights into the schemes once completed.