Plans to turn vacant Essex site into 60 homes for older people

An indicative graphic showing what part of the development could look like

by Alex Cameron

Plans for 60 new ‘independent living’ homes designed to support older people could be built on a former health site in Essex .

The former Coppins Court, in Coppins Road, Clacton, has been empty for over seven years and transferred to the ownership of NHS Property Services as part of the health reforms of 2013.

It is now being bought (subject to planning) by Essex County Council with a view to creating specially designed homes, to allow older people to stay independent for longer.

ECC’s Independent Living programme is investing up to £30million into new homes, with the aim of creating up to 1,800 new Independent Living homes, with 24-hour care and support on-site, around the county between now and 2021.

Cllr John Spence, Cabinet Member responsible for Housing at Essex County Council, said: “This is not simply about building homes, but building the right homes in the right places, and this is a much needed new scheme which will help support older residents living in Clacton.

“Not only will this bring an underused piece of land back to life, but it will also provide attractive contemporary housing along with green spaces, and services such as a restaurant, coffee shop and hair salon, so supporting local residents to live in their local area for longer, something we know is important to people.”

Saul Spevack, Senior Transaction Manager at NHS Property Services, added: “We are pleased to be working closely with Essex County Council to release this empty site that local healthcare commissioners have told us is surplus to the requirements of the NHS.

“The new development would provide vital accommodation for older people and help the Government and local authority deliver on their housing strategies.

“Vacant sites cost the NHS money to secure and maintain and proceeds from the sale of properties are reinvested in the NHS.”

The application, which can be viewed here, will now be considered by planners at Tendring District Council with a decision expected in the New Year.