Building work starts on housing scheme for vulnerable residents

Published: Friday, 15th June 2018

A traditional sod-cutting ceremony will mark the start of building work at a housing scheme for adults with complex learning and physical disabilities.

It is anticipated that this scheme will deliver savings of approximately £250,000 per year on the adult social care budget by reducing the need for learning disability placements outside of the city, care interventions and admissions to residential care.

Work on the foundations of the project is due to start in the week commencing June 18. 

The supported housing facility, on Abbots Road, Abbey Hulton, aims to encourage independence for some of the city’s most vulnerable residents. 

It will provide 14, one-bedroom apartments with communal facilities. The high quality, single storey complex will meet key national housing standards and has been designed to reduce heating bills and general running costs for residents.

Strategic Team Group (STG) will build the £2.2 million scheme, which is being funded by a £770,000 Homes England Grant and £1.43 million from the city council’s general fund. STG hopes to employ as many local tradespeople as possible to carry out the work. 

Councillor Randy Conteh, cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, said: “The number of people with learning disabilities in Stoke-on-Trent is expected to rise in the next five to ten years. The city council is committed to providing suitable accommodation for those who really need it. 

“This new facility will help to provide more accommodation in the city for people with learning difficulties, as well as increasing the availability of affordable housing.

“It’s a fantastic facility in a fantastic location. It is near to facilities including shops and a leisure centre and is in the heart of the local community. The public transport links are excellent too.

“Local residents are backing the scheme as it brings a former derelict part of the estate back into use. More residents in the area and more staff employed at the facility can only boost the local economy. Employing as many local tradespeople as possible will also inject money into the city.” 

The scheme is due to be completed in July 2019. Any building-related job opportunities will be advertised by the main building contractor, STG.

The city council’s adult social care team will be responsible for allocating the accommodation. 

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