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Willow Barns Official Opening

A multi-million pound retirement development officially opened on Friday, July 15, to provide state-of-the-art accommodation for 75 of the city’s residents.

Willow Barns, a multi-million pound retirement living development on Consett Road in Blurton,  is part of a project to meet demand across the city by creating three developments for the over 55s.

To mark the opening, guests joined residents from the development as the Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent, Councillor Anthony Munday, unveiled a plaque in the main reception of the development. The afternoon’s events also saw the Bombshell Belles, a talented trio of singers; perform a medley of upbeat summer classics.

The Lord Mayor was joined at the event by Kathy Cowell, OBE, Chair of Your Housing Group,  Councillor Randolph Conteh and  Councillor Ann James from Stoke-on-Trent City Council, and Richard Jones from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), along with residents’ friends and family.

The development has been built as part of a project by Sapphire, a consortium appointed by the city council to build state-of-the-art retirement accommodation across three sites in Blurton, Abbey Hulton and Chell. The villages offer spacious apartments within a community setting, with facilities on site and conveniently located transport links. The emphasis of the project is to give residents the opportunity to live an independent life for longer, with tailored care and support packages available to each person. Willow Barns offers one and two bedroom apartments available for rent to people living in the local area.

Councillor Conteh, the city council’s cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, said: “These flagship, high quality developments are being created in parts of the city with the most demand for such accommodation, as we have identified in our housing strategy. They are offering truly state-of-the art facilities which the area can be proud of.

“Being able to provide good homes for our communities is vitally important and means we can help to increase the standard of living for residents in the city.”  

Councillor James, the city council’s cabinet member for health and social care, said: “We want to provide quality and affordable housing for older people so they can live well and independently, which is part of our authority’s stronger together vision.

“This development will create a community where residents will be able to live an independent life in a socially supportive environment. The on-site care and support is flexible to meet individual needs, providing a safe and secure place to live and, most importantly, giving residents peace of mind.”

Your Housing Group will manage 390 apartments across the three sites once they are completed, adding to their substantial portfolio of apartments for the over-55s across the North West and the Midlands.

Kathy Cowell OBE, DL, Chair of Your Housing Group, said: "With an ageing population, thecountry is facing an older persons housing crisis and Your Housing Group is leading the way in developing retirement living accommodation for the over-55s in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). At Willow Barns we have provided a high quality development for local people to enjoy, where people can live independently for longer, in a community where they can socialise, make new friends and enjoy their later years.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about Willow Barns or Oak Priory, should contact Stoke-on-Trent City Council on 0800 5610015.