Work to begin on new supported housing for adults with complex needs

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Work is set to begin this summer on new supported housing in Launceston for eligible adults with health and social care needs.

Planning permission has been granted for the Cornwall Council-led scheme at Scarne Cross, Landlake Road. The new facility will help address the need for specialist supported housing in Cornwall for adults with learning disabilities and other associated conditions.

It will provide seven one-bed units of affordable housing, as well as a community and treatment room.

Andrew Mitchell, Cornwall Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “Our drive to provide affordable new housing in Cornwall is something that we know needs to meet the needs of a wide range of people.

“That’s why I’m delighted to see that work will soon begin on what will be fantastic new supported housing for adults with learning difficulties.

“We will continue to make sure that new housing meets the needs of our communities.”

The site will be extensively landscaped, with new trees, kitchen gardens, native hedging, bulbs and shrubs with the aim to improve the habitat and ecology of the site while creating a landscape for residents that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional.

Three of the units will meet Category 3 fully accessible standards and four will be Category 2.

All of them will be in excess of national space standards, at 62sqm each, and will be offered on a social rent basis.

Rob Rotchell, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Adults, said: “These properties will enable adults with health and social care needs to live in their local communities and have their own front door.

“This is in line with the strategic development of quality housing and community support and will contribute to the Adult Social Care community offer to residents of Cornwall.

“Care and support will be commissioned separately in line with individual’s needs and the housing will be specifically for adults with learning disabilities and other associated conditions and I have no doubt that they will make a huge difference to the first residents that make them their home.”

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