A NEW £11million apartment development will open its doors in the autumn.

Harpers Green will see 97 one and two-bedroomed flats for the over 55s built on the site of the Bayleaf on Harpers Road in Longbarn.

The former Indian restaurant was destroyed by fire during an arson attack in 2017.

And while construction has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, the Torus scheme is expected to be completed in September this year.

Meanwhile, Bewsey-based charity Making Space has been revealed as the care provider for Harpers Green.

Chief executive Rachel Peacock said: “The coronavirus pandemic is affecting so many people in so many different ways, and what is the best way to provide care for a family member can change.

"At Making Space, our care goes beyond keeping people safe and supporting basic physical needs – we are here to support our residents to live happy, fulfilling and enriched lives.

"We will get to know each resident personally, and will ensure we understand what matters to them – including their hobbies, interests and familial needs.

"We have a robust health and safety and infection control training programme and e-learning modules for all of our staff.

“With an excellent track record, we have the resources in place to ensure we can safely protect staff and residents."

Bookings for viewings, which will adhere to the Government's social distancing guidelines, are now available.

Facilities include 'spacious' communal areas, an onsite salon, a bistro and access to the neighbouring Longbarn Bowling Green.

Sarah Houghton-Grimshaw, Torus' supported housing commissioning manager, added: “It is fantastic to have Making Space as our partner in delivering high-quality care into our Harpers Green development.

"We cannot wait to see residents moving into the scheme and beginning the next exciting phase of their lives.

"Our extra care developments make a real impact in changing lives, and partnering with Making Space will certainly help us achieve this at Harpers Green.”