An £11.3m development of almost 60 homes for older people who want to continue to live independently has been completed.

Swallowtail Place, which is made up of 58 apartments, will support those over 55 with care needs to continue to live independent lives.

The Acle scheme, built on the site of the former Herondale care home, has been funded and developed in a partnership between Saffron Housing Trust, Norfolk County Council and Homes England.

On-site, round the clock, care for the people who live there will be provided by Norse Care, which is a company owned by the county council.

Forty-one of the apartments will be available for rent and 17 to buy on a shared ownership basis.

Eastern Daily Press: Bill Borrett, Conservative councillor for Upper Wensum. Pic: Norfolk Conservatives.

Bill Borrett, Norfolk County Council’s cabinet member for adult social care, said: "People tell us that this kind of accommodation can also prevent the need for them to move into a care home, it also reduces the time residents stay in hospital and keeps them healthier and independent for longer."

An open day is being held from 2pm until 4pm on Thursday, November 17 so people can look round and ask any questions.