Council joins partners for opening of new sheltered housing scheme

Opening Bluebell Court.
Cutting the ribbon to officially open Bluebell Court. Pictured (from left) Chief Executive of Midland Heart Glenn Harris MBE, Vice Chair of Lichfield District Council Harry Warburton, Chair and Non-Executive Member of Midland Heart John Edwards CBE and the Mayor of Lichfield Councillor Jamie Checkland.

The first residents have moved into a brand-new sheltered housing scheme in Lichfield.

Bluebell Court is a purpose-built development of 29 one and two-bedroom apartments offering affordable homes for social rent.

Conveniently located for accessing the city centre, on the corner of Rotten Row and Deans Croft, this sustainable and accessible scheme has been designed with the environment in mind.

It has been built to new insulation standards and every apartment features a heat recovery pump, enabling warmth from extracted air to be reused, which residents can control and programme themselves for optimum energy efficiency.

Bluebell Court has a communal space, rooftop terrace and secure parking for cars, bikes and scooters for residents and visiting family and friends. The scheme is also pet-friendly, in recognition of the wellbeing benefits a pet can bring.  

At the official opening of Bluebell Court recently, residents were joined by Lichfield District Council’s Vice Chair Councillor Harry Warburton, members of the council’s Housing Team, the Cabinet Member for Housing, Ecology and Climate Change Councillor Angela Lax and the Mayor of Lichfield, Councillor Jamie Checkland together with representatives from housing association Midland Heart and developers Novus Property Solutions.

Councillor Angela Lax, said:

“We are delighted with the new Bluebell Court development. It provides high-quality accommodation, is energy efficient and has been designed to complement heritage buildings situated nearby.

“Our partners have created an excellent housing scheme that will provide quality homes to Lichfield residents for many years to come.”

Glenn Harris, Chief Executive at Midland Heart said:

“It was fantastic to mark the official opening of this landmark scheme with residents and our partners. What we’ve achieved here is a great testament to our partnership working, delivering much-needed social rent homes where people want to live.

“This is the blueprint for future Retirement Living communities for us, bringing modern efficient living to city centre locations.” 

Resident Carol Giblin said:

“The location is perfect, it’s something they need more of in this area, more affordable homes. I love having Lichfield City Centre on my doorstep and the freedom that comes with living here, you can mingle with other residents or just go off on your own.”

Published: 5 July 2022