£9.6million supported living scheme unveiled in West Bromwich

10th January 2019

A much-anticipated new supported housing scheme has officially been opened in West Bromwich.

The £9.6million development, completed by energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE on behalf of Sandwell Council, has seen the construction of 93 affordable new homes, located on Oxford Road.

The new residents were joined by neighbours from Goldfield Court Extra Care next door, along with representatives from Sandwell Council and ENGIE, to celebrate the completion of the build, which includes 35 bungalows and 58 apartments including eight especially designed for wheelchair users.

Valerie Grainger recently moved into the new development and has been overwhelmed by the quality of her bungalow and the sense of community.

Mrs Grainger said: “I can’t thank ENGIE and Sandwell Council enough for my bungalow, it’s beautiful. When I first moved in here, I didn’t know a lot of people and it’s been good to be able to just sit outside on my front garden and make friends. I feel safe living in this development, and when I go out I can see people smiling and there’s a great atmosphere. I love my new home!”

Paul Clarke, Regional Director for ENGIE’s Places & Communities division, said: "We’re delighted to be able to celebrate the completion of this development, and are really pleased to see residents settling into their new homes.

“With an ageing population, it is vital that we work with our partners to provide a variety of housing options that accommodate the changing needs of residents, to ensure they enjoy living as independently as possible.”

Councillor Ann Shackleton, Cabinet Member for Social Care, said: “The feedback we have received from residents who have moved in to the Oxford Road development has been incredibly positive.

"It's good to hear that there is already a strong and flourishing sense of community being built up, with neighbours looking out for one another. At the same time people are being able to live their lives independently.”

Councillor Kerrie Carmichael, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: "Oxford Road is a great example of teams across the council working together - in this case housing and social care- to provide quality homes for some of our most vulnerable residents with the care and support they need. I am sure Oxford Road will now pave the way for similar schemes.”