AN exciting new housing scheme in Settle was ‘topped out’ last week when the project partners helped with the laying of tiles on the nearly completed roof.

Representatives of Housing 21, North Yorkshire County Council, Craven District Council, the Home and communities agency and Keepmoat  joined to celebrate the key milestone in the development of Limestone View, a 50 apartment extra care scheme for older people.

Siobhan Moore, head of development commissioning for Housing 21 said: "We’re very excited to reach the ‘topping out’ phase for this delightful development, which has been specifically designed to meet the needs of older residents.

"Care and support services will be available to residents on an individual basis, enabling them to live as independent a life as possible with choice and dignity.”

Limestone View, which is being provided as part of Housing 21’s Approved Development Programme with the Homes and Communities Agency, will provide 50 one and two bedroom apartments with options for rent or purchase.

The £6.7 million scheme will also be home to the new Settle library and Registrars’ office as well as housing a variety of other community facilities, including a restaurant/cafe, lounge, wellbeing suite with memory clinic, hair and beauty salon and a care shop.

Lead member of Craven District Council, Richard Foster, said: “I am pleased to see this housing scheme providing homes for our growing elderly population. The availability of adequate housing in our communities is of vital importance. This development will help Settle to remain a vibrant town and sustain economic development.”

The scheme, which replaces a former residential care home, has received grant funding from North Yorkshire County Council and the Homes and Communities Agency. It is due for completion at the end of August, 2014.

Martin Smithurst, regional managing director at regeneration specialist Keepmoat, which is building the scheme, said: “It’s great that we have reached this milestone in the development of this exciting scheme.
“Limestone View will bring many benefits, not just to the residents but also to the wider community in Settle, so we are delighted to be working with our partners on this development.”

Further information on the apartments for sale can be obtained from Housing 21’s Sales Team on 0345 608 4021, and for rented apartments from the Lettings Team on 0345 606 6363.