Council approves plans for 37 new independent living units at Uniting Care, Richmond

Uniting Hawkesbury will add nearly 40 independent living units to its Richmond premises after plans for the expansion of the facility were approved by Hawkesbury City Council.

Uniting announced the development at 25 Chapel Street would see the construction of 37 new units alongside its existing 42 units and the residential aged care home on the site following development approval by council.

Development approved: The arrow on this aerial picture points to where the new units will be built. Kurrajong Road runs along the bottom of the picture. Picture: Supplied.

Development approved: The arrow on this aerial picture points to where the new units will be built. Kurrajong Road runs along the bottom of the picture. Picture: Supplied.

The development is set to commence later this year and is scheduled for completion in early 2021.

"A range of one, two and three-bedroom options, including an affordable housing component, will be offered," a Uniting statement said.

A range of one, two and three-bedroom options, including an affordable housing component, will be offered.

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"Community amenities will also be built onsite, including a dedicated club room for residents, new reception area, a cafe, hairdresser, [and] consultants' room for all residents."

Landscaping around the existing units will be revitalised and two new lifts will also be constructed, improving access for residents and visitors.

Uniting director of property and housing, Simon Furness, said the approval meant the not-for-profit ageing services provider would be able to cater for increased demand for independent living accommodation to meet the needs of the local population.

"Uniting will soon be able to offer greater choice and quality in retirement living to the Hawkesbury community," he said in a statement. "Our aim is to continue to bring the outside in. The focus on quality amenities and home means our residents have many things they need in the one place. Having both our independent living village and residential aged acre home on the same site means our residents can continue to age in place. We thank the Hawkesbury City Council and the wider community for their input into what we believe is a satisfactory resolution for all parties."

The announcement is the second expansion of aged care services for the Richmond area in recent times, with Richmond Club celebrating the official opening of its $13 million extension to Hawkesbury Living, Rivera Place, late last month.