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The chief executive of Homes England visited a JV North member’s £22 million development of 135 luxury apartments with on-site extra care housing support.

Nick Walkley was shown around Wythenshawe Community Housing Group’s Village 135 scheme that opened last summer.

Wythenshawe Community Housing Group’s Chief Executive, Nigel Wilson, who is also chairman of JV North, guided the tour.

He explained the housing association’s partnership approach to extra care, working closely with Manchester City Council’s Social Care department to create the facility with residents’ needs at the forefront of the design process.

The £22 million scheme received £5 million from the Department of Health Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund with the bid made through Homes England.

Nigel Wilson said: “We are very proud of Village 135 and delighted to be able to show Nick Walkley the benefits it brings to addressing health and housing issues.

“With an ageing population and a shortage of homes, it is important housing associations provide alternatives and create extra care facilities where over 55s can thrive and feel part of the wider local community.”

Village 135 provides a wide array of facilities including a salon, spa, therapy room, health consultant space, bistro, meeting spaces, IT suite, communal areas and community hub.

Residents also have access to landscaped sensory gardens, sunrooms and a rooftop terrace.

A covered glass bridge connects the development that is split across two sides of Hollyhedge Road.

There are 66 apartments offered at affordable rent, 39 for shared ownership and 30 for outright sale.

Photograph: Nick Walkley (left) with Nigel Wilson (right).