New Webb Ellis Court housing complex in Rugby is life changing for residents

Keith Skinner with his dog Jackie.
Keith Skinner with his dog Jackie.

Older residents in Rugby say a new housing development has changed their lives.

The official launch of Webb Ellis Court, a £7.2m affordable housing scheme, took place on Wednesday.

Residents from Webb Ellis Court, the Housing & Care 21 extra care scheme, joined representatives from Housing & Care 21, which owns and manages the site, Warwickshire County Council and Rugby Borough Council, for a celebration event at which a number of residents talked about how they have got their independence back.

The new homes in Pettiver Crescent were built in partnership with developer Willmott Dixon, Warwickshire County Council and Rugby Borough Council and received a Homes & Communities Agency grant of just over £1million.

A total of 41 of the apartments are available at affordable rent and 20 are for sale through shared ownership.

Kris Peach, director of extra care at Housing & Care 21, said: “We are delighted to celebrate the official opening of this new development which provides much-needed affordable homes for older people in Rugby.

“We’ve worked very closely with the developer and local authorities to bring the project to fruition and the result is a development of modern, high-quality homes which are in-keeping with the area.

Resident Keith Skinner, who gave a speech at the event, said: “I have company and get to socialise with other people, it is such a friendly place and that makes a big difference.

“The care staff here are absolutely fantastic, I have everything I need and I’m very happy.

“At the moment I don’t have any care needs but I know that as I get older it will be there for me if and when I do.

“The main thing is I still have my independence and my own front door.”