The proposals for the new Dean Court could see affordable properties for older people increase from the current 55 to 110, making a significant contribution to housing services for older people in the borough.
The proposals would see the replacement of properties which are over 30 years old with new homes designed around the specific needs of older people, ensuring they can retain their independence for as long as possible.
As part of the consultation on the proposals, Pathways will be working with its residents and their families to assess what further support packages the new homes and the redevelopment could help to deliver.
The charity has committed to keeping the Dean Court community together if the development goes ahead, with no one having to leave their home until a new property is available. This requires a small development at Mattock Lane on land that is currently part of Northfield Avenue allotments – also owned by Pathways.
The development will see a small proportion of the Northfield Avenue allotments - around 5% - developed for 15 new Pathways social homes and 4 homes for sale, which will help to fund the development.
The scheme uses the minimum amount of the Northfield Avenue allotments necessary to provide enough homes to accommodate current residents while Dean Court is being redeveloped. This will keep Dean Court residents together and avoid breaking up the community, but it will also mean we can provide more supported housing for older people in the future.
We are committed to working closely with the Ealing Dean Allotment Society and all the plot holders to get their views and discuss how the development can help to improve the allotment facilities. As part of the proposals we will commit that no further development will take place on the allotment site for decades to come.