The London Borough of Barnet have granted planning permission for Jewish Care to redevelop a former care home in Hendon into 32 one and two bedroom independent living apartments for older people.
The six story 40 year care home, Ella and Ridley Jacobs House in Hendon, and the adjacent Sam Beckman dementia day care facility were closed at the end of last year when residents and members were relocated to a new purpose build facility in Friern Barnet.
Whilst the Hendon site wasn’t suitable for a new modern care home facility, with its proximity to the shops in the heart of the Jewish Community, it is an idea site for self-contained independent living flats for older people. Alongside the apartments which will offer both a home and support for older members of the community, plans will include a purpose built communal space.
Jewish Care Chief Executive, Simon Morris commented;
“We are delighted to have been granted planning permission for this exciting project. The demand for independent living is growing and we are currently unable to meet local need. The development will ensure we can provide excellent accommodation to local older people who want to live independently within a secure community environment with support to hand”.
With planning secured approval will be sought from the Board to draw up detailed plans and begin a tendering process to appoint contractors to undertake the works. Only once this process is finalised will work start on the site. The first phase of works will be the demolition of the current building anticipated to take place in the Autumn.
Jewish Care are able to undertake this redevelopment thanks to a generous donation from the Wohl Foundation alongside a bank borrowing facility. The estimated cost of redeveloping the Hendon site into independent living apartments is in the region of £10 million.