INDEPENDENT living in Westergate for dozens of elderly people has moved £600,000 closer.
Arun District Council has agreed to provide the cash to a planned extra care housing scheme in the village.
It will form part of the development at Nyton Nurseries and will comprise 60 dwellings and 20 for shared ownership.
The scheme will cost more than £10m. Other grants have been received by the housing provider, Housing and Care 21, and Arun’s share will come from money paid by developers of housing in the area to boost services.
Satnam Kaur, Arun’s group head of residential services, said the housing would be available for those aged 55-plus who needed more care than conventional retirement housing but less care than a nursing home.
“The primary objective of this scheme is to provide high quality housing for older people in Arun that promotes independence,” she said.
Arun’s leader, Cllr Gillian Brown, said: “This has been a considerable amount of work and it is important to have schemes like this.”
Cllr John Charles, cabinet member for housing, said: “This is much needed.”