A state-of-the-art £6.5m housing development in Chester-le-Street is opening its doors to the public this weekend with two open days taking place.

Cestria Community Housing’s new assisted living scheme ‘the elms’ features 52 apartments and six bungalows designed specifically for people aged 55 and over who require support with their healthcare or housing.

The development is designed to allow residents to stay independent as their health needs change by providing self-contained accommodation with access to support from care and housing staff onsite if needed.

Now an open event is taking place from 11am to 3pm on Saturday (3rd) and Sunday (4th) to allow people to look inside the building, including a show apartment, giving an insight into what the development has to offer.

The event comes following the announcement that local company Orchard Home Care Services has been appointed to provide overnight care and support to residents of the elms if required.

This is in addition to the 24-hour support provided by Durham County Councils’ Care Connect Team.

Scheme Manager Sharon Sykes said: “We are delighted to welcome Orchard Home Care Services on board as our appointed care services provider. They are a local company and many of our new residents already use their services so they will be a familiar and reassuring presence.

“Now is a great time to come and have a closer look at the elms with the opening of our show apartment and the open days taking place this weekend.

“We’ll have staff on hand ready to answer any questions and will be delighted to show visitors around this fantastic new scheme.”

The elms is owned and managed by Cestria, part of the Isos Group, with properties available for rent, shared ownership and for sale.

There are a range of communal facilities onsite, including an IT suite, hairdressers and treatment room and café, which will be managed by Taylor Made Catering.

As well as providing meals for residents, café @ the elms is also open to the general public, offering a range of home-cooked food, refreshments, snacks and drinks.

The elms has been constructed by Keepmoat with funding from the Homes and Communities Agency and the Department of Health’s Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund, and with support from Durham County Council.

The first of the developments’ new residents will begin moving into their homes this week.

To find out more about renting or buying a home at the elms please contact Cestria Community Housing on 0191 385 1900.