A SUPPORTED housing development for older people — the first in a multi-million pound project to reduce the number of residential care admissions — looks set to be built in Ryde.

Plans to build 75 'extra care' flats, plus bungalows and starter homes, on greenfield land between Weeks Road and Ashey Road, have been unveiled by the IW Council.

Called Ryde Village, it would be the first development delivered as part of the council's Independent Island Living strategy — a £123 million project to create 1,287 extra care homes for older people and adults with disabilities by 2030, avoiding the need for expensive residential care and freeing up their homes for the housing market.

The development already has planning consent — permission was given three years ago for 181 units at the site — and the extra care element is expected to be financed by Homes England grant of almost £4 million and council funding of £475,000.

Cabinet members were due to meet yesterday evening (Thursday) to discuss the scheme and approve the council's financial contribution.

There is little room for manoeuvre — in order to access the Homes England funding, the scheme must be approved by the end of this month. If the deadline is not met, the council could still be liable to pay £375,000 towards the cost of the homes.

The extra care element of Ryde Village would comprise 63 one-bed rented flats and 12 two-bed shared ownership flats within a communal complex, with staff, facilities and care services on site.

Tenants would pay £131 a week in rent and £94 in service charges.

When the Island Independent Living strategy was announced last year, it included plans to equip housing developments with assistive technology, telecare systems and 24-hour care services, plus leisure facilities, social spaces and a restaurant or hot meals service, enabling

people to live as independently as possible.

The Ryde Village plans have been drawn up by developer Ashley Homes. The homes will be built by Stoneham and managed by the Southern Housing Group.