A new housing and care development, Dora Matthews House, is all set to change the Coleford landscape, with completion on target for late spring

Dm House 15B

The development has been named after Dora Matthews, a popular local figure who for many years worked for the Dr Charley’s Lunch Club and contributed a lot to the local community. The finished scheme will provide 44 self-contained one and two bedroom apartments for those who are 55 years upwards as well as five, two bedroom dormer bungalows for people with learning disabilities.

Arranged across three levels, Dora Matthews House has lift and wheelchair access throughout. All apartments are well proportioned and energy efficient. With modern fitted kitchens, en-suite bathrooms to the main bedroom and an open plan lounge-diner, the apartments provide ample space to relax. The spacious corridors and communal areas throughout the building are being decorated by specialist interior designers, skilled in creating both functional and relaxing spaces.

The project is a joint initiative between the Rooftop Housing Group, Forest of Dean District Council, Gloucestershire County Council, Heritage Care and the Homes and Communities Agency. Speaking on behalf of Forest of Dean District Council, Councillor Terry Hale Cabinet Member for Community said: “We are proud as a council to have worked with our partners to bring these excellent new homes to Coleford. We are looking forward to seeing the first tenants moving in later in the year and believe that the scheme will have a positive impact for the residents and businesses in the town.”

David Hannon, Development Director at Rooftop Housing Group added: “This is a superb project that will help to improve the quality of life all those that live there, as well as the wider local community. The wellbeing centre at the front of the scheme will be a focal point for residents with facilities including a café, activities centre and laundry. But it will also form a hub for the local community where specialist advice and a range of activities will be provided.”

Heritage Care will provide an emergency 24 hour call system and care team to provide personalised fully assessed support and care packages.

The inclusion of telecare enables people to live safely in their own homes and to monitor those who seek extra care and support Dora Matthews House also caters for couples where at least one of the couple requires care, either from their partner, or a care provider. This allows couples to carry on living together, a vital aspect to extending and improving people’s lives in their later years. It is a superb example of housing with care which provides choice, independence and dignity for all residents.

For more information about the accommodation, contact dora@heritagecare.co.uk or call on 020 8502 3933. To register for one these new homes please contact the FODDC Housing Options Team on 01594 810000 or email on housing.advice@fdean.gov.uk.