Work begins on 60 brand new retirement homes in Totnes

Andrew Johnston, Galliford Try; Ryan Hosken, The Guinness Partnership; ; Cllr Stuart Barker, Devon County Council; Cllr Lyndsay Ward, South Hams District Council

Posted on: 23 December 2015

Local councillors have met with developers as construction begins on a major retirement housing scheme in Totnes.

The £12 million Riverside ‘extra care’ development on Steamer Quay Road will provide 60 high quality one and two bedroom apartments for affordable rent and shared ownership sale, and will be available to residents aged over 55.

The scheme is led by The Guinness Partnership, with funding also from Devon County Council, South Hams District Council, the Department of Health, and the Homes and Communities Agency.  It will be built by Galliford Try Partnerships.

Extra Care enables residents to live in their own property and access on site care and support services as and when they need them. The Riverside scheme will include a café bistro, activity areas, and a ‘pamper suite’ where residents can arrange haircuts, manicures and beauty treatments.

Totnes extra care housing CGI

How the completed scheme could look.

Each apartment will have a private balcony with views over the River Dart, or over private courtyard gardens. Each will also be fully wheelchair accessible, with wet rooms and fully equipped kitchens.

South Hams District Council granted planning consent for the scheme, designed by Mitchell Architects of Plymouth, in March this year.

It is anticipated the homes will be available in the Autumn of 2017.

Guinness Care and Support, who deliver care services for The Guinness Partnership, and to people in their own homes, will provide on site assistance to residents 24 hours a day, with a focus on enabling them to remain as active and independent as possible.

Ryan Hosken, Head of Development Delivery at The Guinness Partnership, said:

“We are extremely pleased to be starting these high quality, affordable homes for the people of Totnes and the surrounding areas. We’re especially grateful for the continued support of Devon County Council, South Hams District Council and the Homes and Communities Agency.”

Devon County Council supports the affordable rented homes in the development.  Cllr Stuart Barker, the Cabinet Member responsible for adult social care at the council said:

“Extra care housing like this gives people the flexibility and the independence to live in their own home, with the convenience of having the support and the care they need every day.   They provide an excellent opportunity for people wanting to move to new purpose built apartments from larger rented homes.”

Cllr Lindsay Ward, Deputy Leader of the Council, from South Hams District Council said:

“It is really important that provision is made for those in the Totnes community who require extra care. These affordable homes mean that the residents will be able to live an independent life, while still having a supportive network around them. This will be a really inclusive project and I welcome the provision of more high quality care provision in this area.”

Andrew Johnston, Regional Director for Galliford Try Partnerships’ South West business, said:

“We are delighted to be a part of this major project for The Guinness Partnership. This scheme builds upon our extensive expertise around the country in the extra care sector, as well as representing our first opportunity to work in collaboration with Guinness in the South West. We look forward to working with all the stakeholders involved to deliver the high quality facilities for local people.”

To register interest in buying one of the 30 homes available to purchase on a shared ownership basis in the new development, visit the Guinness Homes website at or call the team on 0300 456 0522.

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