Investment for specialised housing given the go ahead

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The green light has been given to invest £12m in new housing which will improve the quality of life for vulnerable residents in Wigan Borough.

Wigan Council’s cabinet last week gave officers the go ahead to progress three new schemes which will create new, affordable housing for residents with autism, learning disabilities or physical disabilities.

By 2020 the 76 new homes will be built as part of the council’s new build housing programme which aims to keep people independent in their own homes for longer.

It is all part of the council’s approach to create specialised housing for residents to meet their health needs. Having the right home has a direct impact on someone’s health and wellbeing and their quality of life.

The investments are mainly funded through the council’s capital programme and will contribute to savings in the council’s health and social care budget in the future. Significant funding for these schemes has also been secured from Homes England.

One scheme is to build 33 homes at the Hyndelle Lodge site in Hindley. There will be 12 apartments for residents with autism or learning disabilities, and 14 apartments, six bungalows and one specialised family bungalow for adults with lower level learning disabilities. The site was former home to Amberswood Day Centre.

A similar scheme was approved for 31 homes for residents with autism or learning disabilities at Ullswater Road, Golborne. There will be 12 apartments and 19 bungalows.

The final development given the go ahead is for 12 homes to be built in a specialist dementia residential centre for older people at Etherstone Street in Leigh, taking advantage of the close proximity of the dementia day care centre.

All homes will be let on affordable rents.

The council has already opened two supported housing schemes this year, Little Lane in Wigan for older people and Mayfield House in Orrell for residents with autism, and is already seeing the benefits for local people if they are part of a community. A new development on Holt Street for family housing has also been completed.

Councillor Terry Halliwell, cabinet member for housing and welfare, said: “Ultimately having the right home which meets your needs means people can live longer, happier and healthier lives. These developments are also brilliant at tackling social isolation and can be hubs for the whole community.

“We have seen brilliant specialist housing schemes recently completed at Mayfield and Little Lane and the residents there are happy and are getting the support they need to live independently but with a community around them.

“We are committed to building a high standard of accommodation that is well designed, attractive, and affordable for residents.

“These schemes offers a fantastic way to support people and keep them active in communities through The Deal.”

Cabinet also gave the go ahead for officers to look at the site where Walkden House is. It was previously accommodation for older people but was no longer fit for purpose and the demolition of the building was approved last year. Any proposals for this site would be subject to public consultation, planning permission and funding approval.