THE first images have been released of the new Limelight development in Trafford.

Trafford housing trust (THT) is enhancing its reputation as a pioneer in the provision of specialist extra care facilities with the launch of the scheme, helping to meet rising demand for bespoke accommodation designed to meet the needs of those aged over 55.

The growing imbalance between demand and supply of an Older People’s Shared Ownership (OPSO) properties in the north west of England is highlighted by statistics obtained by THT from Help To Buy North West, the organisation which processes OPSO applications. It shows only 285 OPSO applications were made throughout Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Cumbria and Lancashire since 2015.

David Teasdale, manager of Limelight, said: “The fact that Help To Buy NW has only had to process 285 OPSO applications in the past two years shows that Limelight’s apartments are a welcome and much needed boost to a residential market where there clearly aren’t enough homes offered on an OPSO basis to an increasingly ageing population.

“We’re very proud to be leading the market in this area with what will be one of the UK’s

most progressive and accessible community spaces, bringing huge benefits to Old Trafford.

“Limelight will offer a truly integrated approach to health and wellbeing services, education and employment resources, leisure and social activities and the provision of advice and support.”

Limelight development will launch in October and features a total of 81 one and two-bed apartments, comprising 21 two-bed extra care apartments offered on an Older People’s Shared Ownership (OPSO) basis and 60 one and two-bed properties available to rent.

It is THT’s third purpose-built scheme. Limelight will be a unique, community-based facility offering a range of primary healthcare facilities including a GP surgery and pharmacy together with a library, café, multi-purpose event space, hairdresser and opticians. It will also offer a nursery and services aimed at families and young people, making it a ‘intergenerational space’ available to everyone of all ages.

Show apartments at Limelight are already open and available for appointments and viewings.