WORK has started on a new specialist supported living scheme in Batley for people with learning disabilities and autism.
The development is on the site of the former Woodwell House care home on Mayman Lane and will be managed by Choice Support, a national charity supporting people with autism, learning disabilities and mental health needs.
The previous building, now flattened, was also home to the Milen Day Centre, which cared for elderly Asian residents for several years.
Planning permission was granted for the development last December. It will include six single-storey self-contained homes, staff accommodation and training facilities, as well as individual bespoke living and outdoor space and parking. The scheme aims to provide housing designed to enable individuals to live as independently as possible within the community.
Kirklees Council has worked in partnership with Choice Support and National Health Service England (NHSE) to deliver the scheme as part of their Housing Strategy for 2018-23, which focuses on supporting the health and well-being of residents.
Coun Shabir Pandor, leader of the council, second right, inset, said: “This is a fantastic development and I’m delighted to confirm that work is now under way.
“The priority of this scheme is to deliver specialist and supported housing which meets the needs of vulnerable groups of people in Kirklees, including those with learning disabilities. There’s a proven need to develop some very specialist and bespoke individual accommodation for people with complex needs and behaviours and it’s something we’re committed to doing.
“In providing housing for some of those vulnerable people in the district, the scheme enables people to live independently and could help to reduce admissions to hospital and ease pressure on emergency services.”