The provision of a new extra care scheme, which will provide homes with care and support for older people in St Ives, takes another step forward this week as Huntingdonshire District Council makes the first loan payment to Luminus.

In September, Huntingdonshire District Council agreed to provide a loan of up to £5.5m to Luminus for the development of Langley Court, St Ives. This, together with a grant of £2.3m from the Homes and Communities Agency and funding from Luminus, will pay for a state-of-the-art facility for older people. The funding enables Luminus to provide 55 self-contained flats, along with communal facilities including a restaurant, hairdressing salon, assisted bathing suite, lounge and meeting spaces. Support and care services will be available on-site to help people remain as independent as possible in their own homes.

Cllr Jason Ablewhite, Executive Leader of Huntingdonshire District Council, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to work in partnership with Luminus to meet the needs of older people in our community. By providing Luminus with this loan, we have helped to deliver a scheme that will meet the needs of older people in St Ives for many years to come. This is another great example of where collaboration with partners is delivering for our residents. This is a much needed scheme that will deliver support, care and quality homes for those that need extra care now and into the future. I am pleased that this ambitious project is underway and I look forward to it being completed in late 2016.”

Dr Chan Abraham, Luminus Group Chief Executive, said: “In 2015, our Year of Reinvigorating Trust, Luminus is focused on providing homes and building sustainable communities for today and for future generations. Our relationship with the local authority is stronger than it has ever been and we are truly pleased to be making progress along the Road to Renewal together. This loan will help older people living in Cambridgeshire to maintain a good quality of life, with peace of mind, in a welcoming and friendly community and we look forward to the successful completion of these new homes.”